Harlow Penguins 2020 Regional Qualifier meet is still going ahead as planned on 13/14 March.
Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming.
The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.
A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.
“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.
“However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”
These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU FEEL UNWELL, PLEASE AVOID USING THE POOL.
This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and Swim England is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken.
For spectators please follow the above rules in addition to the below:
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterward
If your are feeling unwell prior to the event, please follow the WHO guidelines and refrain from attending.
This email was sent by Francesca Hansen-Hoare who is the Chairman