Latest arrangements on LCSD leisure venues and sports facilities (Updated on 1/4)
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, more leisure venues of the LCSD reopen gradually from April 1 (Thursday).
Some public swimming pools and gazetted beaches reopen
Thirty-five public swimming pools are reopened from April 2 (Friday) and the number of users in swimming pools is limited to 30 per cent of the original capacity. For details of facilities in swimming pools to be reopened, please refer to the notices displayed at the venues. The reopened swimming pools open from 6.30am to 10pm for three sessions daily with two breaks. Please click here for details of the public swimming pools concerned.
In addition, lifeguard services are provided at 15 gazetted beaches from April 2. Lifeguard services are provided daily at the above gazetted beaches from 9am to 6pm. The services are extended from 8am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the peak period from June to August. Apart from the 15 gazetted beaches mentioned above, lifeguard services at other beaches remain suspended. The public should not swim at the beaches without lifeguard services to avoid accidents. Please click here for details of the beaches concerned.
The LCSD adopts special measures when reopening public swimming pools and gazetted beaches. These measures include:
- Temporarily limiting the number of users in swimming pools to 30 per cent of the original capacity to maintain distance among swimmers, and opening some pool facilities only;
- Distributing numbered tickets to people lining up when the numbers of users in swimming pools have reached the temporary maximum pool capacity, and reminding them to take note of the numbers shown on the queuing board in order to avoid people gathering;
- Arranging body temperature screening for all people before entering swimming pools. Those with symptoms such as fever or respiratory illness are not allowed to enter the swimming pools;
- Ensuring appropriate distance between users of shower facilities, with shower heads that are not within individual cubicles being open but at 1.5 metres apart;
- For team sports, the maximum number of players or swimmers and referees to be allowed in each pool at any time during competition or training match should follow the rules and regulations of respective sports competition;
- Each training group or class must consist of no more than four persons including the coach. There must be a distance of at least 1.5m between each training group/class. For a training group/class of more than four persons, it must be conducted in a way to ensure that persons are arranged in sub-groups of no more than four persons and there is a distance of at least 1.5m between each sub-group;
- Ensuring members of the public wear masks at all times within swimming pools except when they are swimming, having a shower, walking from a changing room to a pool or vice versa, walking from a pool to another pool, or doing warm-up exercises with a distance of at least 1.5m from others. Coaches must wear masks at all times when coaching; and
- Temporarily limiting the number of persons in the spectator stands at swimming pools to 75 per cent of the original capacity. No more than four consecutive seats can be occupied in the same row.
- Members of the public must comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap 599G). The number of people in group gatherings should not be more than four;
- Members of the public must wear masks at all times when being present on beaches in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) Regulation (Cap 599I); and
- Closing barbecue sites within gazetted beaches.
Outdoor children's play facilities reopen
Outdoor children's play facilities reopen on April 1 and the LCSD will step up cleaning work at the facilities. Members of the public are called on to clean their children's hands before and after using the facilities. Children with symptoms of fever or respiratory infection should not enter the children's play facilities.
Facilities and venues that continue to be closed or suspended
Indoor children's play rooms, the Pui O Campsite and barbecue sites will continue to be closed until further notice. Meanwhile, booking applications for amphitheatres, leisure venues for non-designated use and sales activities at non-fee-charging leisure venues, as well as applications for road safety towns and the standby arrangement for non-fee charging land recreation facilities, are suspended until further notice.
In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), LCSD staff at relevant venues will undergo polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 and ensure necessary measures are adopted at reopened venues. Users of sports premises, swimming pools, performance venues, museums and public libraries are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their name, contact number and the date and time of the visit before being allowed to enter for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. Appeals are made to members of the public to download and install the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance and scan the QR code with the app before entering. Members of the public who opt for registering their personal information at the scene are reminded to arrive earlier to avoid delaying their visits as longer time is required for such registration. The venue staff may immediately call the contact number provided by the visitor to verify the authenticity of information.