Are all the public swimming pools now open to France?

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They are officially able to open in all departments to be considered “green” and it is now the whole of continental France.The colour classification refers to a series of tests in the spread and intensity of Covid-19 locally.

The last pools opened on 22 June in the Ile-de-France. Swimming pools, however, remain closed to Mayotte and French Guiana, these two overseas departments are still classified as orange.

There are rules to follow to visit a public swimming pool. Some pools require a reservation which can be done either online, by phone or at the reception directly.

The hydroalcoholic gel is also available at the entrance of the pool.

The social distance and the barrier of gestures (keeping a meter of distance between you and others, wash hands, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow) should be followed.

Collective changing rooms are closed but cabins are available. A shower is available, and a locker is closed. Hairdryers are not available.

The number of bathers is limited as each swimmer must have at least 4 m2 of space, and the amount of time you can stay in the swimming pool is often limited at the top to avoid too many swimmers to enter at the same time. It varies from 90 minutes to three hours, depending on the individual pool rules.

Swimmers may be required to wear a mask once they are out of the water, in particular from the reception to the changing rooms. The staff should also wear a mask or protective equipment, and compliance with social distancing, recommends the public health agency, the Regional Agency of Health (ARS).

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