Communal swimming pools unlikely to open this summer with controls "impossible"

A group of bathers last summer.
A group of bathers last summer. / SUR
  • Communal swimming pools in residential developments must limit capacity to 30 per cent, be disinfected three times daily and operate an appointment system if they are to reopen

Many communal swimming pools in residential developments are unlikely to open this summer, according to the president of the College of Property Administrators of Malaga, Alejandro Pestaña. This follows the Ministry of Health's announcement on Saturday of a new limit of 30 per cent capacity, as well as a shift system, that must be implemented if they are to be used.

Pestaña believes that for most residents associations, this will prove to be very difficult to put in place as "most of them do not have any system to control the capacity".

Cost is another consideration as not only will an appointment system have to be established (and potentially someone employed to enforce it), the facilities also have to be disinfected three times a day.

However, the final decision will be up to the individual residents associations which during the state of alarm haven't been able to meet. If, however, they are willing and able to meet the requirements, pools can reopen from Phase Two, expected in Malaga province on 1 June.