A Letter To Our Swimmers
20 March 2020
We have regretfully decided that we should close the pool for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Given that chlorinated pool water is effective against coronaviruses, we have tried to remain open for as long as possible, because we know that swimming is a great way of keeping fit in mind and body, and we all need that right now. However, given that a significant proportion of our swimmers are in one way or another in vulnerable groups, and we ourselves are involved in the care of vulnerable elderly relatives, we believe it is best if we close for the foreseeable future.
We will keep this decision under close review. It is heartbreaking to have spent 20 months renovating the pool and re-establishing it as a leisure resource in our local community and a lovely environment for people to come and spend some family time, only to have to close down for an unknowable period of time. The government is today talking about "waves" of social distancing, for the coming months, but it is not clear whether we will be able to open and close in waves, given the time and costs of re-heating the pool from cold. We'll be investigating all of the options.
If you are a regular swimmer, your regular swim day and time will be retained for you until such time as we re-open, and you decide whether this time still suits you. You will receive an email at some point in the next few days telling you all future bookings have been cancelled - that is just to stop you from receiving confusing text reminders. Obviously we have a record of everyone's regular slots and can reinstate them if required when the time comes.
To keep us all cheerful, we'll continue to post photos of progress on the garden, and photos of Monty, the new Ullerbank puppy, and his big brother Barney, on the pool Facebook page. Please keep in touch, and we look forward to seeing you on the other side.
Thank you to any of you who work in the NHS, the food supply chain, utilities, education, social services, social care and other key roles; you are heroes.
Sheila & Simon