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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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PlugholePencil · 18/03/2020 10:44

  1. This should be on the CV board

2. I’m fairly sure swimming doesn’t count as an essential activity
3. Your DD can have CV without showing symptoms. What about the people she walks past, the staff etc just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should
4. Our council have just shut all leisure centres. They’ve done this for a reason. Don’t you think if it was safe to swim they would have kept the pools open? They haven’t because of points 1-3 above.

PlugholePencil · 18/03/2020 10:46

  1. I’m so tired of this ‘me me me’ attitude.
    Oh so your toddler wants to go swimming? Go ahead then. Don’t parent her or explain why people aren’t swimming right now. Just go and risk her being infected or her infecting someone else.

KMoKMo · 18/03/2020 10:46


You clearly don’t understand.

From the gov website on social distancing:

Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

Pools, gyms etc absolutely fall into that category.

Here’s the link


adaline · 18/03/2020 10:46

I suspect pools etc. will be forced to close by the weekend anyway.

Too many people think their wants are more important than social distancing and trying to contain the virus. The government is going to have to take further action if they want people to actually listen Hmm


PlugholePencil · 18/03/2020 10:48

@mauvaisereputation people are being “horrible” because it seems unbelievable that someone STILL can’t understand the seriousness of this pandemic despite having information shoved down their throats daily for the past 8 + weeks


TabbyMumz · 18/03/2020 10:49

"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"
It's more likely their casual staff arent going in. Most pools are manned by casual staff who are students etc.


TerrorWig · 18/03/2020 10:51

Personally I wouldn’t, and I have chosen to not renew swimming lessons for the time being. I think you need to find other ways to entertain your toddler.


Carrie7469 · 18/03/2020 10:51

The concept of minimising social contact isn’t difficult to grasp. Don’t go. It’s selfish and is putting other people’s health at risk


TabbyMumz · 18/03/2020 10:52

"mauvaisereputationpeople are being “horrible” because it seems unbelievable that someone STILL can’t understand the seriousness of this pandemic despite having information shoved down their throats daily for the past 8 + weeks"
Have you been outside at all? Life is still going on. Schools are open, shops are open. People are travelling on buses and trains. It's a bit surreal, on here youd think we were in lockdown. We arent. People are still going to work, gyms, pools etc.


AvocadoYUK · 18/03/2020 10:53

Thank you everyone who was actually nice in your replies as I never said I was definitely going out, i was asking if people thought it was a good idea or not. X

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TabbyMumz · 18/03/2020 10:53

Management at our pool has said they are staying open for the duration of this. Obviously if the Country does go on lockdown, I think they will review.


AvocadoYUK · 18/03/2020 10:53

I was simply looking for advice x

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GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER · 18/03/2020 10:55

Maybe the chlorine in the water kills any bugs, but what about the warm, damp air, full of other people’s breath?


GreyishDays · 18/03/2020 10:57

Schools are open to provide childcare for essential workers.
The advice is to minimise non essential contact. So while some of these activities are no ‘worse’ than school, they are certainly an additional contact. And one that you CAN avoid. So please do.


PlugholePencil · 18/03/2020 10:58

@purpleboy I love your post. Finally someone speaking sense.


TabbyMumz · 18/03/2020 11:00

"Maybe the chlorine in the water kills any bugs, but what about the warm, damp air, full of other people’s breath?"

It isnt airborne. That's why they say masks are useless. You can only pick it up by touch. Unless someone sneezes in your face if course . I dont know that the heat is a bad thing, as they've said viruses are more virulent in the winter as the summer heat kills it


dementedpixie · 18/03/2020 11:00

Our council gyms and swimming pools shut last night


PlugholePencil · 18/03/2020 11:00

And that’s exactly the reason why the government will be forced to lock us down completely for weeks, because of people who ignore current guidance to minimise non essential social contact. This doesn’t include going to school (for now) but absolutely does include taking a toddler for a swim.


zsazsajuju · 18/03/2020 11:02

I plan to still take my kid to her private swimming lessons. There are very few people in the pool and we are not isolating. I don’t think being nasty to op helps.


Seasonalanxiety · 18/03/2020 11:03

In all fairness I calked up the local leisure Center today and they told me lessons are still on- they are disinfecting the poolside and have fewer children so are maintaining distance. I'm not taking my kids but the advice being given is that lessons should continue which seems bizarre. We're in London!!


paintcolourwoes · 18/03/2020 11:03

@KMoKMo - Sorry, by 'his risk' I mean the risk of him either picking it up or passing it on is not greatly changed by swimming today (his inherent risk is mostly influenced by still being at school). We are probably in an unusual situation here in that the swimming pool is about a 5 minute walk from his primary school, the pool is only used for lessons during this time period. The changing rooms are large and with ample cubicle space. I think everyone is drawing different lines of acceptability, e.g. for now I think mixing within our own small community is ok, but I probably won't go to my younger child's swimming lesson on Sunday, which is on the other side of the city, and a much larger and busier facility. For me, that particular activity has a much greater risk associated with it. We have stopped all other extra curricular activities and haven't yet signed up for next term's swimming. But risk estimation isn't easy, and now everyone has suddenly become risk experts overnight.


sweeneytoddsrazor · 18/03/2020 11:03

Advice isn't a rule though is it? And whilst it is sensible to follow advice a lot of people won't heed advice whether that is social distancing, smoking, taking out travel insurance or anything else you can think of. And whilst all these facilities remain open of course people are going to think it cant be that risky or it would be closed.


cologne4711 · 18/03/2020 11:04

Our local pool is open. I don't know how many genuine council run pools are left across the UK - I suspect those run by councils will close, but those run by the companies like Places for People or Everyone Active will stay open as long as possible.


serialtester · 18/03/2020 11:04

Seriously? What aspect of social distancing and not undertaking unnecessary activities are people failing to understand? I honestly fucking despair.


zsazsajuju · 18/03/2020 11:05

And people are swimming just now. The risk is low and we are not in lockdown. There will be about five people there at most. It’s no more dangerous than going to someone’s house.

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