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Swim England plans national events for 2021 as coronavirus restrictions lifted

Swim England is aiming to stage a number of national events in 2021 as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are being officially lifted.

The recognised national governing body will also be taking down its Covid guidance as social distancing requirements will be removed from Monday 19 July.

Instead, it has updated its coronavirus frequently asked questions page to cover the most commonly-raised queries being asked.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the UK will move into Step Four of the roadmap out of lockdown – signalling the end of the vast majority of legal Covid regulations.

As restrictions are eased, however, individuals are asked to exercise caution and venue users will need to adhere to leisure facilities’ requirements as some may choose to keep enhanced Covid measures in place beyond 19 July.

Swim England is now planning two national swimming events before the end of the year – alongside water polo and artistic swimming competitions.

Swimming teachers will also be able to get in the water during lessons without having to remain one metre plus from participants.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “I’m sure the removal of Covid restrictions will be welcomed by our operators, clubs and swim schools.

“We are fortunate that swimming pools are controlled chlorinated environments with good ventilation – elements which help to reduce the risk of transmission in the pool environment.

Be cautious

“However, we take on board the Prime Minister’s warning to be cautious as the lockdown is eased – especially as cases are rising – and would therefore ask everyone to respect the rules some facilities, clubs and swim schools may wish to keep moving forward.

“It’s been a long time coming but we look forward to seeing our clubs and members enjoying the thrill of competing in our marvellous sports while being cheered on by their loved ones and friends once again.”

Two national swimming events have already been booked in for October and December.

The Swim England Masters National Championships has been scheduled for 29-31 October at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

Ponds Forge will also host the Swim England National Winter Championships  from 3-5 December.

In water polo, work to finalise a date and venue to stage the National Age Group Championships later this year is underway.

Swim England has already announced four artistic swimming national events will be held as part of an Autumn Virtual Series and further details will be revealed on this week commencing 19 July.

Level X Diving events continue until the end of August and the National Age Group Championships will return in 2022.

Further details on entries for all events will be announced in due course.