Sydney swimming pools open to the unvaccinated

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people will share the same public swimming pools due to changes to NSW restrictions.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people will share the same public swimming pools as part of changes to Greater Sydney’s restrictions that go into effect on Monday.

Whether you’ve received zero, one, or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, public outdoor swimming pools are allowed to open their doors to you from 12:01 a.m. on September 27.

According to the government of New South Wales: “From Monday, September 27, 2021, you can resume swimming in the public outdoor swimming pools, either in your local government area or within 5 km of your home. “

Plus, staff don’t even need to be vaccinated.

This is despite opening these public places long before NSW hit its 70% double vaccination target, with State Freedom Day now scheduled for October 11.

Sydney’s areas of concern are included in the new rules, with residents of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Georges River, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and the 12 suburbs of Penrith also able to jump into a pool.

These recreation centers must follow a strict Covid safety plan, but this remains a source of concern for some members of the community.

“Very strange. Why is it NOT mandatory that staff and clients be vaccinated?” One person commented under the announcement on the Facebook page of the Prince Alfred Park swimming pool.

Fully vaccinated citizens aged 16 or older can attend a swimming pool with four other people who have also received both doses.

These swimmers will also need to log in with a QR registration and provide proof of vaccination.

The government noted that, “The five-person limit for these gatherings does not include children 12 years of age or younger,” which will be a welcome relief for parents.

If you are not vaccinated, you will still be admitted with the other swimmers.

The only difference is that you can only bring one other person with you, which is the same rules for unvaccinated people exercising together. There can only be two people per group if you do not have both doses.

Swimmers should keep 1.5 meters of social distance between themselves.

Lane limits will be put in place and the rule of one person per four square meters will have to be observed, which will impose serious capacity limits on these recreation centers.

Some pools have indicated that they limit swimming time to two hours and that changing rooms will remain closed.

While outdoor pools open, their indoor counterparts don’t.

“Indoor recreation facilities such as squash courts, indoor pools, gymnasiums, table tennis centers, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks must close,” the government website says.

For parts of New South Wales that haven’t been closed for some time, indoor gyms and recreation facilities have already reopened, but they track one person per four square meters and gym classes are limited. to 20 people.

Natural pools were allowed to open throughout the state’s lockdown.

Anti-vaccines are second-class citizens

Allowing unvaccinated citizens in public swimming pools contrasts with the NSW government’s message through the state’s three-month lockdown – which is to get the jab or whatever.

On the first Monday after NSW hits 70% double vaccination – which is expected to be October 11 – hospitality and retail venues, gyms, sports facilities and lounges will open.

However, only those fully vaccinated and those with medical exemptions will have access to the freedoms allowed by the roadmap to reopen New South Wales.

Unvaccinated New South Wales have only a few weeks to receive their vaccine if they want to be able to lead a normal life in the state.

If they don’t do their part for society, they won’t be allowed to walk into a movie theater, meet their friends for a drink at the pub, or travel to New South Wales on vacation.

All they can do is access “critical retail” like supermarkets and stay at home.

“You have been warned – show up and get vaccinated or you will not be able to participate,” Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said earlier this month.

“If you want to go and buy something from what is considered a non-essential store, you will display the QR code and if it is not a green light indicating that you have been vaccinated, you will not be the one. welcome inside. ”

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