A nationwide shortage of lifeguards brought on by the Covid›19 pandemic is impacting the Alexandra Pool.

The Central Otago District Council (CODC) has announced a reduction in the pool’s opening hours to ensure safety for users.

Cromwell Pool is not affected by the reduction at this stage.

CODC aquatics manager Carly Getson said in the past week, it had been a struggle to provide coverage for absences, due to Covid and general sickness at the Alexandra Pool.

‘‘We are mindful that this is disappointing for our community, and we are doing everything we can to run all of our programmes, including learn-to-swim classes, swim skills, aqua fit, swimming club and kayak polo.’’

The reduced hours will come into effect on August 15. The new hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday Friday

Reduced hours: 11.30am-7.30pm — aqua fit programme running at 9am — no public swimming until 11.30am

  • Tuesday, Thursday

Normal operation: 6am-7.30pm

  • Saturday

Normal operation: 9am-5pm

  • Sunday

Normal operation: 10am-5pm