Safe return to the pool Safe return to the pool

This is what you should know about the reopening of aquatic centers in Colombia and the measures adopted to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

After more than five months of closure, swimming practice centers now have their biosafety protocols in place so that people can return to the water. However, this reopening does not initially include the general public. In principle, it is only applicable for high performance athletes.

There is no evidence so far that coronavirus is transmitted through water. Neither the World Health Organization (WHO) nor other specialized agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have any evidence to date that COVID-19 spreads in aquatic environments. However, the CDC recommends keeping a distance of at least 2 meters from people that do not live with you, even if you are in the water, and avoiding sharing items.

Additionally, in a properly chlorinated pool, the likelihood of spreading the virus in the water is further minimized. Camilo Becerra, manager of the Colombian Swimming Federation, explained that ten days before returning to activities, athletes must take a COVID-19 test. “We are already coordinating with some laboratories to do this,” he said.

Within the facilities, Becerra explained that there will be mats to disinfect shoes, temperature will be recorded daily, and the use of masks will be mandatory whenever you are not in the pool. A minimum distance of 2 meters will be kept, there will be a maximum capacity of athletes, and the reopening will be in phases: the first week, race swimmers and divers who are of age will be allowed in; the following week, artistic swimming and water polo groups will start training; and the week following that, athletes 14 years old or over will be allowed to enter.


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