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Updated 1830 on Thursday 19th March 2020

All club training and competions will be suspended from Saturday 21st March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). For further details on this please click here to see our full note to parents, coaches and volunteers. To make sure you stay in touch with SwimTalk and social media click here.

Currently most training until end of Friday 20th March is scheduled to continue as planned. There have been changes to training on Thursday 19th of March – Please check your emails if you were due to be training at the Arena session. The club is liaising closely with the facility providers and reviewing latest Swim England and government guidance. Should the situation change we may have to cancel training or meets at short notice. Please keep a regular eye on your emails and Facebook. If you as a parent do not normally remain at the pool for the whole session please make sure your swimmer has a means of contacting you and your emergency contact details with us remain up to date.

Key Points

No one who is unwell should attend training. Anyone with the signs of fever, a new persistent cough and / or part of a household with someone with these symptoms must not attend (and self isolate for the minimum 14 days).

When bringing swimmers please be mindful of the numbers of spectators and ability to maintain safe spacing in viewing areas.

Spectators, coaches and swimmers should use soap and water to clean hands (for 20 seconds) or alcohol gel on arrival to the pool.

General Guidance

Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) guidance (that our providers follow) and 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, to help the facilities maintain the necessary levels of disinfectant swimmers are reminded the should maintain their own personal hygiene, shower fully before training, shower after and take home and clean and disinfect regularly your swimming goggles, snorkels and other equipment

Although sensible advice at any time but particularly during this period if you feel unwell or should be self isolating do not attend training or galas. If you are unwell during a gala or session let your coach know and be prepared to end the session early. Swimmers should continue to follow hand washing advice (at least 20 seconds with soap and water), catch cough or sneezes in a disposable tissue and do not eat, touch your face, nose, eyes or mouths if hands are not clean. This applies to swimmers, spectators and volunteers alike. More details on the above can be found on www.nhs.uk and www.gov.uk

If you have any questions please do let one of the coaches, the help desk, committee or I know.

Timothy Thornburg
Chairman, Littlehampton S.C.

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