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March
Public swimming pools to reopen tomorrow
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Public swimming pools in Hong Kong will reopen tomorrow (April 1), the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has announced.

"All public swimming pools had been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected," a department spokesman said.

"To ensure that the water quality complies with the standard recommended by the Department of Health, water samples will be taken before the pools are opened each day and on an hourly basis during the opening period."

"The pools will continue to open in three sessions daily from 6.30am to 10pm with two breaks as in previous years," the spokesman added.

Details of the opening hours in the urban area are:

A. Swimming pools with opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 5pm and 6pm to 10pm. (Breaks: noon to 1pm and 5pm to 6pm)

Central and Western District: Kennedy Town Swimming Pool

Wan Chai District: Morrison Hill Swimming Pool

Eastern District: Victoria Park Swimming Pool, Island East Swimming Pool and Chai Wan Swimming Pool

Kowloon City District: Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool, Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool and Tai Wan Shan Swimming Pool

Yau Tsim Mong District: Kowloon Park Swimming Pool

B. Swimming pools with opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 10pm. (Breaks: from noon to 1pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm)

Wong Tai Sin District: Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool and Morse Park Swimming Pool

C. Swimming pools with opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 6pm and 7pm to 10pm. (Breaks: from noon to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm)

Southern District: Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool

Kwun Tong District: Kwun Tong Swimming Pool and Jordan Valley Swimming Pool

D. Swimming pools with opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. (Breaks: from noon to 1pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm)

Sham Shui Po District: Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool, Lei Cheng Uk Swimming Pool and Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool.

Pools in the New Territories will open from 6.30am to 10 pm with breaks from noon to 1 pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm. However, to tie in with the ferry schedule, the Mui Wo Swimming Pool on Lantau island will be open from 8.30am to 10pm.

"The breaks allow cleaning and disinfection work to be conducted twice a day to keep the water quality up to standard," the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, some facilities at certain public swimming pools will be temporarily closed for annual maintenance.

The indoor pools at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool, the main pool at Fanling Swimming Pool, and the main pool and diving pool at Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool will be closed from April 1 to May 31; the main pool of Yuen Long Swimming Pool will be closed from April 1 to May 9; the indoor pools at Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool will be closed from April 1 to May 15 and the main pool at Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool will be closed from April 1 to May 23.

Moreover, Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool and Morrison Hill Swimming Pool will be closed for annual maintenance from April 1 to May 31 and from May 1 to June 30 respectively.

The spokesman reminded the public that children under 12 years of age were not permitted to use public swimming pools unless accompanied by adults.

He appealed to those people who suffered from infectious diseases such as acute conjunctivitis, acute gastroenteritis or respiratory tract infections to be considerate to other swimmers and refrain from entering public swimming pool areas.

He also stressed that anyone with symptoms of infectious diseases who was found in the pool areas would be advised to leave and seek medical attention.

Ends/Wednesday, March 31, 2004
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