Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone swimming pools open to Upper Hunter residents from October 3

It's time to take a dip

SWIMMING pools in Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone will be open to residents next month.

However, there are changes due to NSW Government Public Health Orders (PHO) around COVID-19 restrictions, including the number of people allowed at the pools at the same time.

Rules will vary if the PHOs change.

From Saturday, October 3, Scone and Merriwa are each limited to 72 visitors at a time, and Murrurundi 36 guests.

Group bookings are limited to 20 people.

Social distancing means a 1.5 metre separation and one person per 4m2 of pool space.

"Please shower and put your bathers on at home and come dressed to swim, as change rooms should not be used," Upper Hunter Shire mayor Maurice Collison said.

"Parents or designated carers (16 years or over) must supervise children up to 12 years of age."

The pools are funded by Upper Hunter Shire Council and managed by Lifeguarding Services Australia.

Opening hours (October)

MERRIWA OLYMPIC POOL

School holidays/Sat/Sun/public holidays: 1pm - 6pm

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 6pm

SCONE MEMORIAL SWIMMING POOL

Monday to Friday: 7am - 6pm

Saturday: 7am - 6pm

Sunday and public holidays: 11am - 6pm

MURRURUNDI AND DISTRICT WAR MEMORIAL POOL

Monday to Sunday: Noon - 6pm

For further information including entry fees and season passes, visit http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-facilities/swimming-pools.aspx

For updates on activities including classes, contact your local pool directly or follow the Facebook page.