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Brussels-City relaxes swimming pool rules due to heatwave
The City of Brussels has decided to relax the capacity rules at its three municipal swimming pools to help residents book a slot during the current heatwave.
Until now, the public pools in the Marolles, Laeken and Neder-Over-Heembeek have imposed a maximum limit of four people per swimming lane per hour, to ensure safe distancing.
The city's alderman for sports, Benoît Hellings, said the limit would now be increased from four to five, with immediate effect. The measure will be reassessed once temperatures cool down, but could become permanent.
Anyone wanting to take a dip at a swimming pool in the City of Brussels must register in advance online.
Most of the Brussels region's municipal swimming pools have now reopened following the coronavirus shutdown. Among those up and running are Etterbeek, Saint-Josse, Saint-Gilles, Ganshoren, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Watermael-Boitsfort and Anderlecht.
Uccle is expected to reopen next week, with Molenbeek and Evere following in September. Ixelles and Schaerbeek remain closed for renovation work.