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March
Appeal to keep public pools clean in new swimming season
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Swimmers are urged to keep public swimming pools clean and hygienic during the new swimming season which starts on April 1.

A spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said public swimming pools belonged to the whole community and people should maintain both personal and environmental hygiene by observing the rules of using the pools.

"You should not go swimming if you feel unwell and should consult a doctor as soon as possible," he said.

Swimmers are advised to use the toilet before swimming. Parents should tell their children to maintain personal and public hygiene and remind them not to urinate or defecate in the pools.

If a swimmer feels sick, he should leave the water at once and use the toilet if necessary.

"Swimmers should take a shower in the changing room, and walk through the shower bath and footbath before entering the pool deck," the spokesman said.

"Swimmers who prefer to wear slippers on the pool deck areas should make sure their slippers are thoroughly clean and they should put them on in a designated area of the changing room. Those who want to wear T-shirts while swimming should bring along white T-shirts and put them over their swimsuits in the changing room and then walk through the shower bath."

In the new swimming season, public swimming pools will 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 with two breaks from noon to 1pm and from 5pm to 6pm. These swimming pools are:

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

B. Opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 10pm with two breaks from noon to 1pm and from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. These swimming pools are:

District Swimming Pools
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Wong Tai Sin Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool
Morse Park Swimming Pool

C. Opening hours from 6.30am to noon, 1pm to 6pm and 7pm to 10pm with two breaks from noon to 1pm and from 6pm to 7pm. These swimming pools are:

District Swimming Pools
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Southern Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool
Sham Shui Po Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool
Lei Cheng Uk Swimming Pool
Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool
Kwun Tong Kwun Tong Swimming Pool
Jordan Valley Swimming Pool

Pools in the New Territories will open from 6.30am to 10pm with breaks from noon to 1pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm. These pools are:

District Swimming Pools
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Tuen Mun Tuen Mun Swimming Pool
The Jockey Club Yan Oi Tong Swimming Pool
Yuen Long Yuen Long Swimming Pool
Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool
Tsuen Wan Tsuen King Circuit Wu Chung Swimming Pool
Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool
Kwai Tsing Kwai Shing Swimming Pool
North Kwai Chung Jockey Club Swimming Pool
Tsing Yi Swimming Pool
North Fanling Swimming Pool
Sheung Shui Swimming Pool
Tai Po Tai Po Swimming Pool
Sha Tin Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool
Hin Tin Swimming Pool
Ma On Shan Swimming Pool
Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool
Sai Kung Swimming Pool

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

Meanwhile, the following public swimming pools will be temporarily closed for annual maintenance.

Swimming Pool Maintenance Date
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Morrison Hill Swimming Pool May 1 to June 30

Indoor pool at
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool April 1 to May 31

Indoor pool at
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool April 1 to May 31

Yuen Long Swimming Pool April 1 to April 30

The main pool at
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool April 1 to May 28

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

The main pool at
Fanling Swimming Pool April 1 to May 31

The spokesman said special weekly cleaning operations at public swimming pools would continue in the new swimming season. Pool facilities will be closed from 10am until the end of the second session on the weekly cleaning day.

The schedule for these cleaning operations is listed below:

Day for
cleansing work Swimming pools to close
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Mondays Victoria Park Swimming Pool
Tai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool
Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool
Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool
North Kwai Chung Jockey Club
Swimming Pool
Tai Po Swimming Pool
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool

Tuesdays Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool
Chai Wan Swimming Pool
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool
Jordon Valley Swimming Pool
The Jockey Club Yan Oi Tong
Swimming Pool
Tsuen King Circuit Wu Chung
Swimming Pool
Fanling Swimming Pool
Ma On Shan Swimming Pool

Wednesdays Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
Island East Swimming Pool
Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool
Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool
Kwun Tong Swimming Pool
Yuen Long Swimming Pool
Sai Kung Swimming Pool

Thursdays Morrison Hill Swimming Pool
Lei Cheng Uk Swimming Pool
Tai Wan Shan Swimming Pool
Tuen Mun Swimming Pool
Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool
Tsing Yi Swimming Pool
Sheung Shui Swimming Pool
Hin Tin Swimming Pool

Fridays Wan Chai Swimming Pool
Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool
Morse Park Swimming Pool
Mui Wo Swimming Pool
Kwai Shing Swimming Pool
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool

For details of the opening arrangements and the schedule of the weekly cleansing pools, please visit the department website at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk .

Ends/Friday, March 30, 2007
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