Dear Parents and Swimmers,
NNVSC has taken the advice issued by Swim England and produced the following information for our swimmers. The health and wellbeing of everyone who takes part in any aquatic activity is of paramount importance to everyone at NNVSC.
NNVSC is currently following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England and is advising its swimmers, coaches, teachers, and volunteers to do the same. At this time, NNVSC is continuing to plan for sessions as normal.
However, the national governing body will be following the latest information and assessing risk as appropriate.
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 and 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 the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus. However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the 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 NNVSC is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken. Should this information or advice change we will communicate it to you via email. If we have to cancel sessions at short notice, we will inform you via text and / or email. Please ensure that we have the most up to date contact details for you.
S R Buchan
Chairperson North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club