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IAKS expert talk on re-opening public pools

8 May 2020

How is the current situation with regard to COVID-19 restrictions, and what is important when preparing the re-opening of public pools? On 6 May, five members of the IAKS pool expert circle exchanged their ideas via a video-conference. Learn more from Yvette Audet from Otium Planning Group (Australia), Gar Holohan from Aura Holohan Group (Ireland), Haymo Huber from hsb group (Austria), Dr. Stefan Kannewischer from Kannewischer Management (Switzerland), and Marc Riemann from KölnBäder (Germany).

The videocast starts with an overview in these five countries. In which order will sports and leisure facilities re-open? What kind of rules / regulations (hygiene plan, protection concept) will have to be respected? What does this mean for swimming, bathing, water activities? (e.g. only one person per lane for sports swimming, number of persons per pool restricted, no water polo). In the second half, the experts exchanged their opinions on how can political decision makers benefit of such information? The discussion lead to the question how open air pool operators can manage the number of guests on the sunbathing lawn.

As the situation is quite dynamic, the comments of the speakers cannot be comprehensive and can change within a few days. The aim of the videocast is to share current knowledge and offer some learnings for your situation.

Source: IAKS