Covid Update- June 24th 2020

by Fabia Garau

Dear Friend of the Lido, 

Much has been said in the press and through other sources about the possibility of opening in early July. Indeed, we were, along with many other colleagues and friends, expecting some positive news, however, sadly this has not yet happened.

We remain hopeful that the situation will change soon, but unfortunately are not able to make any definitive announcements as yet.

We know very well, how disappointed you will be, so, what can you do to help?

Swim England have, today, launched an “Open our Pools” Campaign, and I would ask all of you to join in and help in what ever way you can!

Please follow the link to join in this important campaign to get us listened to!

https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/dismay-frustration-pools-staying-shut/?fbclid=IwAR25j8W5lcQBAoEA_BN_1HjYA0nHO9f1YqJgvNW4VnT2KCKzYQGe9Unx3-s

As promised, we are also writing to bring you up to date with our preparations. It’s important to make you aware, as a result of COVID-19, that your experience at the lido will be a very different one than what you have been used to. Much of how we operate will be influenced and in line with the latest guidelines from Swim England and the Royal Life Saving Society UK, our governing bodies. As we expected, there will be many restrictions which we will need to put in place to ensure the safety of both our staff and our visitors.

We are still working up plans and hope to, after being given the green light from the government, release more information then. Needless to say, the number of people that we will be able to accommodate here will be drastically cut and to try and accommodate as many as possible we envisage setting up a system where you can have timed swims.

We will continue to make tough decisions around the financial viability of opening and staying open this year and will assess this situation closely as we progress. We have to be prepared to make any changes to the plans at short notice as our main priority is to keep everyone safe and ensure the future of Sandford Parks Lido.

Our focus now is to change minds and get the green light to open again and your help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your kind messages of support, it means a great deal!

Team Lido!