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Council Leisure Centre Pools To Reopen on 7 August

In line with Executive guidelines announced yesterday allowing the re-opening of pools in leisure centres, Mid Ulster District Council has announced that it will re-open its Leisure Centre swimming pools on Friday 7 August.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan welcomed the plans, saying:

"We’d love to open our pools right now but in order to ensure they are safe, clean and in line with industry regulations, we have some more work to do. Our swimming pools are all currently in hibernation mode. Re-awakening swimming pools from this ‘sleep-mode’ is incredibly prescriptive and time consuming.

"This includes raising temperature safely a little bit every day, chemically treating the water, balancing the chemicals to legislative regulations, raising air temperatures and more. We are committed to making sure everything runs smoothly when our pool users return, so would ask for their patience at this time.”

Councillor Mallaghan continued, “We’re also carrying out necessary remedial work, and ensuring all of our staff are up to date with their training, particularly our lifeguards whose roles are so crucial to the safety of our customers, in new processes and protocols: physical distancing, centre cleaning, new booking systems and more.”

Swimming pools in Cookstown, Dungannon and Greenvale Leisure Centres will re-open from 7 August, with the exception of the small pool and flume in Greenvale Leisure Centre in Magherafelt, which requires essential repairs to the pipework supplying the pool’s water. Timescales for the remedial works to complete and the pool to re-open will be confirmed as soon as possible.

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