Splash splash! Swimming pools and other water-based recreational activities may reopen starting 1 July, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said public and private pools such as those in hotels, condominiums, gated communities and private properties will be allowed to reopen but with pre-conditions to be fulfilled. Sadly, water theme parks will remain temporarily closed, according to NST.
The premises must have lifeguards or supervisors present at all times to monitor the time limit on usage and users depending on the capacity and pool size.
Chlorine contents must also be regularly checked and pool users must take a shower before and after entering the pool, as well as maintain a minimum of 3-metre social distancing.
In order to reopen, pool operators must register with the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) at notification.miti.gov.my
Even though children are also allowed to engage in swimming, they are not recommended to do so. Sabri said while there are no restrictions, parents are not encouraged to bring their kids to pools.
“We will leave it to the parents to decide what is best for them and the management or pool operators to decide if they would want to allow children to use the pools,” he said.
Apart from swimming pools, Sabri also added that recreational activities at lakes, rivers and beaches are also allowed but subject to guidelines.
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