United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the nation’s conditional plan to reopen society on Monday, which gives us some indication of when pools will be back up and running.
The UK released a 51-page document outlining its plan, which includes three phases of managing the spread of the virus along with a three-step roadmap outlining the process of lifting restrictions.
Step One of the roadmap, which is set to get underway on May 13, lifts restrictions for exercising outside, which people can now do “As many times each day as they wish,” but outdoor areas where large groups of people tend to gather are still closed.
“You will still not be able to use areas like playgrounds, outdoor gyms or ticketed outdoor leisure venues where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces,” the document reads. “You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household.”
The likely opening of pools won’t occur until Step Three, which will be “No earlier than July 4.”
“The ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care, hospitality, public places and leisure facilities,” it says of Step Three. “They should also meet the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.”
Step Two, which is currently aimed for around June 1, includes a phased return for schools and non-essential retail, but the majority of sectors, including sport and leisure facilities, remain closed. The second step does include that cultural and sporting events will be permitted to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast.