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Swimming pool complexes to open from April 1 for new swimming season
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (March 30) that swimming pool complexes will open gradually for public use from April 1, or upon completion of annual maintenance, for the new swimming season. The department calls on swimmers to mind their safety and keep public swimming pools clean and hygienic while swimming.

     All public swimming pools, except Mui Wo Swimming Pool, will be open between April and October from 6.30am to 10pm for three sessions daily with two one-hour breaks. To tie in with the ferry schedule, the daily opening hours of Mui Wo Swimming Pool start from 8.30am, with two one-hour breaks. Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool in Kowloon City District has been temporarily closed for maintenance. It is anticipated to be reopened in 2024-25.

     For the 17 pool complexes with both heated and non-heated swimming facilities, heated facilities will continue to operate between April 1 and 15 while non-heated facilities will come into service from April 16.

     The 17 swimming pool complexes include:

Hong Kong Island: 
District Swimming Pool Complex
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Central and Western Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
Wan Chai Morrison Hill Swimming Pool

District  Swimming Pool Complex
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Kowloon City Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool
Wong Tai Sin Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool
  Morse Park Swimming Pool
Kwun Tong Kwun Tong Swimming Pool
Sham Shui Po Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool
Yau Tsim Mong  Kowloon Park Swimming Pool

New Territories: 
District   Swimming Complex
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Islands     Tung Chung Swimming Pool
North Fanling Swimming Pool
Sha Tin  Hin Tin Swimming Pool
  Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool
Tsuen Wan Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool
Tuen Mun Tuen Mun Swimming Pool
  Tuen Mun North West Swimming Pool
Yuen Long Yuen Long Swimming Pool
Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool (Note 1)

Note 1: Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool will be temporarily closed from April 11 to 15 due to upgrading works of the electricity supply system.

     To maintain the hygiene of public swimming pools, each pool will be closed for thorough cleaning once a week, in addition to the routine cleaning work carried out daily. The cleaning operation will be conducted on a designated weekday (Monday to Friday) from 10am to the end of the second session. If the scheduled weekly cleaning day falls on a public holiday, cleaning will be rescheduled to another weekday in the same week.

     Individual swimming pools will be temporarily closed during certain periods in 2023 for maintenance works. Details are set out in the Annex.

     To ensure a clean environment in public swimming pools, swimmers should maintain personal hygiene and observe the pool rules, including the following points:
(a) Swimmers should shower before entering the pool deck;
(b) Swimmers should walk through the shower bath and footbath;
(c) Swimmers should not go swimming if they feel unwell and should seek medical consultation instead;
(d) Swimmers are advised to use the toilet before swimming and should never urinate or defecate in the pools. They should leave the water immediately and use the toilet if they have to vomit; and
(e) Parents should teach their children the importance of maintaining personal and public hygiene.

     Holders of the public swimming pool monthly ticket are encouraged to apply for monthly ticket smart cards which are printed with the card holder's portrait and preloaded with information on the validity period. The smart cards will enable holders to enter the pools easily and conveniently without having to produce documentary proof of identity. Interested monthly ticket holders can apply for smart cards free of charge at 61 ticket outlets including all District Leisure Services Offices and the booking offices of designated sports centres and leisure venues. For details, please visit the following website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/beach/swim-intro/swim-ticket.html

     For details of the opening arrangements and the schedule of the weekly cleaning operations of the public swimming pools, please visit the following websites:
(swimming pools on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon); and
(swimming pools in the New Territories).
Ends/Thursday, March 30, 2023
Issued at HKT 11:30
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