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To take my daughter swimming

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AvocadoYUK · 18/03/2020 09:45

Hello I was just wondering if I AIBU to take my daughter swimming.
Obviously lots of things are being cancelled and closed but it says Coronavirus has been proven not to to survive in chlorinated water and she has been going on about swimming for days (shes a toddler). We would only go into the small kid pool and when I rang up the swimming centre apparently there's barely anyone there
Thoughts?? Xxxxxx

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IcedPurple · 18/03/2020 10:21

Coronavirus has been proven not to to survive in chlorinated water and she has been going on about swimming for days

If you and your daughter could be teleported into the pool and back home again, it might be fine.

But you can't, can you?

The pool itself might be safe, but you'll have to spend time in the warm, humid environment of the changing rooms, touching lockers, doors, benches etc. Just don't.


Abracad · 18/03/2020 10:22



TwelveIslands · 18/03/2020 10:23

Here's a handy chart about reducing exposure to others and how that affects transmission. So even if your kids go to school, reducing in every other area has a huge effect.

To take my daughter swimming

BarbaraofSeville · 18/03/2020 10:24

All the council run pools in my city are closed from today. Aren't a lot of gyms closing now too?


menopause59 · 18/03/2020 10:24

My son is a lifeguard and he did his last shift last night and is expected to be off for 12 weeks with no pay x


Coldilox · 18/03/2020 10:24

I’m taking my son swimming. But we have a small pool (5m) at the end of our road, we can hire it out privately. We don’t even need to use the changing room, takes 30 seconds to nip down in our dressing gowns over swimsuits.


Mooserp · 18/03/2020 10:27

Surely you can't trust toddlers not to touch their faces? Think of all the surfaces they will be touching.


soupforbrains · 18/03/2020 10:28

My Son does Swimming lessons twice a week and water polo once a week. He will be attending all of these until the swimming club stops them or the pool closes. In fact they are organising additional training on sunday and he will attend that.

Coronavirus is killed by chlorine so I consider this a better use of his time than most other activities.

If you are not self isolating and are otherwise going about your business relatively normally then I see no harm in taking your daughter swimming.


Splitsunrise · 18/03/2020 10:28

you won't be hurt if you don't go, but you could end up infecting someone who could die. So on balance, I think you can afford to give swimming a miss....... don't you?


Splitsunrise · 18/03/2020 10:29

it's not the pool that's the risk, it's everything else you touch. swimming pool changing rooms are breeding grounds for illness. the staff might be cleaning are lot but they can't clean after anyone touches a handle, a locker, the toilet cubicle lock, the side of a door, a bench, the taps...


purpleboy · 18/03/2020 10:29

All of you taking your DC swimming, are you incapable of understanding what social distancing means? You along with all the other selfish A holes that can't go with out their coffee or yoga are what will put this country into complete lockdown.
It's not that difficult, use your brain. Swimming is non essential=don't fucking go.


thebogrollqueen · 18/03/2020 10:29

I was all for taking ds swimming today. Ive decided against it. Well be driving to an empty beach for a good walk and picnic dinner in the dunes. Won`t see anyone and its still good (we go in my car).


thebogrollqueen · 18/03/2020 10:31

I want us to enjoy today as I can see lockdown on the cards? The governemnt is trying to be nice asking people to social distance etc. People arn`t, so they will need more stringent measures I think soon. Today maybe our last chance to see the sea for a while.


Pinkdelight3 · 18/03/2020 10:32

"she has been going on about swimming for days (shes a toddler)"

say no. she's a toddler. she's not in charge. honestly, why do you think there's "barely anyone there"? because we're meant to be staying in. eesh!


ShesGotBetteDavisEyes · 18/03/2020 10:32

I wouldn’t. All I’m doing at the moment is shopping for essentials (whilst wearing gloves and scarf!) and running around the empty field at the back of our house to get some exercise. The kids are still in school but that won’t be the case soon I don’t think and then they will be staying indoors apart from said exercise out back (I’m planning a regime to do in the garden with them). Better safe than sorry.


ThumbWitchesAbroad · 18/03/2020 10:33

Swimming lessons cancelled at our local outdoor pool here (in Australia).
So no, I wouldn't take her.


reaslimshady · 18/03/2020 10:33

Swimming lessons have been cancelled for my children.


Croprotationinthe14thcentury · 18/03/2020 10:34

I despair honestly. Stop all unnecessary outings. If you take your child swimming there's a slightly higher risk you or the children will catch the virus and spread it to loads of othrrs. Do you really want that on your conscience? Just go for a walk in the fresh air not near others or to a park ffs


soupforbrains · 18/03/2020 10:34

All of you taking your DC swimming, are you incapable of understanding what social distancing means? You along with all the other selfish A holes that can't go with out their coffee or yoga are what will put this country into complete lockdown.

I understand perfectly what social distancing means. My son's swimming club also does. On the way to and from and in changing my son will maintain social distancing and his swimming club have adjusted their training to maintain it in the pool too. Social distancing does not mean going nowhere and doing nothing. Self Isolation and Social Distancing are not the same thing.

Neither I nor my son are required to self isolate at this stage. My son is still at school, which is still open, and I am still at work and will be for the foreseeable future.


ForeverBubblegum · 18/03/2020 10:36

I got a message this morning saying that my council is closing all pools and leasure facilities. Clearly they see it as a risk factor.


thebogrollqueen · 18/03/2020 10:37

I agree they`re a different thing, such as me not going to busy peoplely places. An empty beach via car fine for now. I think as we have accsess to it, its fine.


thebogrollqueen · 18/03/2020 10:39

IF I lived in a town, with no accsess to an open empty space or having to use public trandport I`d think differently. Some of us are lucky with spaces, so use it.


Digestive28 · 18/03/2020 10:41

Swimming pools are open because, like all businesses the government isn’t forcing closure and they need customers to pay. It doesn’t mean you should go. It means you should still pay for the lessons you will miss if you can.


tellmewhentheLangshiplandscoz · 18/03/2020 10:43

thepeople it really is as simple as that statement.

OP I know it's hard but the sooner we all start to really, really do our bit, the sooner we can start to at least get a handle on this. Even if you practised excellent hygiene while there, plenty of others will have read the chlorine thing and been lulled into a false sense of security about their own hygiene. Can't you run her the most amazing bubble bath ever and let her splash away?

Plus as others have said, every staff member you encounter could be a risk/at risk.

As long as people are thinking thoughts like "Well, Bob down the road is still doing X" or "You've actually got more chance catching it doing X, go for it" there will be people infected for many needless reasons.

Twelve excellent illustration, thank you.


Iwalkinmyclothing · 18/03/2020 10:44

Yes, of course YWBU to take her swimming right now.

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