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Appeals to keep swimming pools clean
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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (March 31) appealed for public co-operation to keep public swimming pools clean and hygiene.

The new swimming season will start tomorrow (April 1) when swimming pools will be reopened to the public.

Linked to the new swimming season, a series of measures have been worked out to upgrade the hygiene and cleanliness standards of public swimming pools.

An LCSD spokesman said the measures were fully supported by the Steering Committee on the Management of Public Swimming Pools set up last year (2004).

"Apart from water sample tests, guidelines regarding the environmental hygiene have been issued to staff, instructing them how to clean the pools as well as the surrounding areas," the spokesman said.

"In addition to regular daily cleaning, the special cleaning operation will continue on a weekly rotation basis at each pool, so hygiene standards will be maintained at the highest level."

Saying that public co-operation was vital in maintaining hygiene at public swimming pools, the spokesman appealed to people to keep both environmental and personal hygiene by observing the rules of using the pools.

A person should not go swimming and should consult a doctor promptly if he or she feels unwell or has symptoms of fever, diarrhoea, flu, red-eye disease or skin infection.

"Before entering the pool deck area, each swimmer must wash his body in the changing rooms and walk through the shower bath and footbath to further rinse his body," the spokesman said.

"A swimmer who prefers to wear slippers in the pool areas should bring along a pair of clean slippers and change them in the changing room.

"The slippers must then be cleaned thoroughly at a designated area. The swimmer should wear the slippers and walk through the shower bath and footbath to enter the pool deck area," the spokesman said.

"Similarly, a swimmer who wants to wear a T-shirt while swimming should bring along a clean white T-shirt and put it on the top of the swim suit in the changing room. Again, the swimmer will have to walk through the shower bath and footbath to rinse his body and feet before going into the pool deck area.

"Only clean clothing and personal belongings are allowed to be taken to the pool deck area."

In the new swimming season, pools will continue to open in three sessions daily from 6.30am to 10pm with two breaks.

Details of the opening hours of the pools in the urban areas are:

A. Opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 5pm and 6pm to 10pm (Breaks: noon to 1pm and 5pm to 6pm)

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool in Central and Western District; Morrison Hill Swimming Pool in Wan Chai District; Victoria Park Swimming Pool, Island East Swimming Pool and Chai Wan Swimming Pool in Eastern District; Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool, Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool and Tai Wan Shan Swimming Pool in Kowloon City District; Kowloon Park Swimming Pool in Yau Tsim Mong District.

B. Opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 10pm. (Breaks: noon to 1pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm)

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

C. Opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 6pm and 7pm to 10pm. (Breaks: noon to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm)

Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool in Southern District; Kwun Tong Swimming Pool and Jordan Valley Swimming Pool in Kwun Tong District.

D. Opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. (Breaks: noon to 1pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm)

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

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.

Meanwhile, the public swimming pools and their facilities listed below will be temporarily closed for annual maintenance.

Details are as follows:

Swimming Pools Maintenance Date
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Main pool at
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool April 1 to May 26

Jordan Valley Swimming Pool April 1 to May 31

Main pool and diving pool at
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool April 1 to May 31

Main pool at
Fanling Swimming Pool April 1 to May 31

Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool April 1 to May 31

Indoor pools at
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool April 1 to June 30

Indoor pools at
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool April 1 to June 30

Morrison Hill Swimming Pool May 1 to June 30

The spokesman said special cleansing operations would continue to be arranged to enhance the environmental hygiene of the public swimming pools.

"The schedule of the weekly cleansing operation is listed below. If the cleansing weekday of the pool falls on a public holiday, the pool will remain open for public use."

Swimming pools to close for cleansing work on Mondays
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Victoria Park Swimming Pool in Eastern District; Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool in Kowloon City District; Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool in Wong Tai Sin District; Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool in Tsuen Wan District; North Kwai Chung Jockey Club Swimming Pool in Kwai Tsing District; Tai Po Swimming Pool in Tai Po District; and Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool in Sai Kung District.

Swimming pools to close for cleansing work on Tuesdays
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Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool in Southern District; Chai Wan Swimming Pool in Eastern District; Kowloon Park Swimming Pool in Yau Tsim Mong District; Jordon Valley Swimming Pool in Kwun Tong District; The Jockey Club Yan Oi Tong Swimming Pool in Tuen Mun District; Tsuen King Circuit Wu Chung Swimming Pool in Tsuen Wan District; Fanling Swimming Pool in North District; and Ma On Shan Swimming Pool in Sha Tin District.

Swimming pools to close for cleansing work on Wednesdays
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Kennedy Town Swimming Pool in Central & Western District; Island East Swimming Pool in Eastern District; Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool in Sham Shui Po District; Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool in Kowloon City District; Kwun Tong Swimming Pool in Kwun Tong District; Yuen Long Swimming Pool in Yuen Long District; and Sai Kung Swimming Pool in Sai Kung District.

Swimming pools to close for cleansing work on Thursdays
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Morrison Hill Swimming Pool in Wan Chai District; Lei Cheng Uk Swimming Pool in Sham Shui Po District; Tai Wan Shan Swimming Pool in Kowloon City District; Tuen Mun Swimming Pool in Tuen Mun District; Tin Shui Wan Swimming Pool in Yuen Long District; Tsing Yi Swimming Pool in Kwai Tsing District; Sheung Shui Swimming Pool in North District; and Hin Tin Swimming Pool in Sha Tin District.

Swimming pools to close for cleansing work on Fridays
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Wan Chai Swimming Pool in Wan Chai District; Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool in Sham Shi Po District; Morse Park Swimming Pool in Wong Tai Sin District; Mui Wo Swimming Pool in Islands District; Kwai Shing Swimming Pool in Kwai Tsing District; and Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool in Sha Tin District.

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

"We value the whole-hearted public co-operation to carry out these measures, enabling all swimmers to enjoy the fun of swimming in a clean and hygienic environment," he said.


Ends/Thursday, March 31, 2005
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Link to swimming pool webpage
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/beach/en/swim-opening-hk.php
 
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