The closing of public places has been one of the strongest measures taken against the spread of coronavirus. However, after about four months, swimming pools across the leisure centres in the Cotswolds will be reopened for the public.

Some of the popular spots, including Everyone Active’s leisure centres in Cirencester, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden will reopen their pools for public swimming on Saturday. These places are maintained in partnership with Cotswold District Council.

Swimming lessons will restart from August 22.

The reopening of swimming pools comes after the phased approach of reopening activities across the centres after their initial reopening to the public on August 1 for gym and group exercise.

To keep the customers safe, safety measures have been introduced across all the facilities and segments. Bookings can be done in advance and there will be fewer lessons at any given time to ensure that both swimming teachers and children maintain social distancing.

Measures will be taken to keep the number of classes at a bare minimum. Only one parent/guardian will be allowed with the child. This will effectively reduce the number of people in the centre and ensure the practice of social distancing.

Everyone Active’s regional contract manager, Sally Thomas-Ellis, said: “After a successful reopening of our gyms and studios, we’re pleased to take the next step in our phased reopening plan and get everyone active in our swimming pools again!

“The pandemic has undoubtedly had a significant impact on Everyone Active.

“Consequently, we have negotiated with all of our local authority partners to find the best way to move forward and reopen our leisure facilities.

“Therefore, the reopening of some of our facilities, including swimming, were delayed due to the lack of funding available to us.

“Ensuring we maintain a safe environment for our colleagues and customers is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance.

“We encourage visitors to read through the changes we are making so we can maintain a safe environment for everyone.

“Thank you to everyone for their patience during this time.”

Cllr Jenny Forde, Cotswold District Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, stated: “I don’t think we fully realised how much we value and need our swimming pools until we didn’t have them anymore.

“I’m so happy for residents that we have been able to support the reopening of the pools, I have no doubt the slots will fill very fast.”