The following advice is from Swim England as of 10 March 2020.

The health and wellbeing of anyone who takes part in any aquatic activity is of paramount importance to everyone at Swim England. Swim England is currently following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England and is advising it’s members, clubs, learn to swim providers and volunteers to do the same.

Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming.

The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.

A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time. Water and chlorine within pools will help to kill the virus.

“However visitors to pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool, and to follow necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”

These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please avoid using the pool.

This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and Swim England is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken.