HONG KONG (REUTERS) – As coronavirus-related infections continue to drop, Hong Kong is easing some of its restrictions on swimming pools and beaches. The government will allow the city’s public pools to open and shorten the quarantine period for some international travellers from 21 days to 14 days. It will also allow beaches, cinemas and theme parks to increase capacity, as well as relax rules on religious gatherings and other outdoor activities.
Swimming is a great exercise for anyone who wants to feel energized and enjoy the outdoors. It also has a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that regular swimming reduces stress, improves heart health and increases energy levels. It is a fun way to get exercise and hang out with friends. Plus, it’s a great way to cool down during the hot Hong Kong summer!
Many public swimming pools have reopened. However, some have closed lanes or facilities reserved for swimming instruction due to the shortage of lifeguards. This is causing some swimmers to be worried about canceling classes, and it may affect the city’s overall swimming industry development. The Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union said 20 out of 45 public pools have informed swimming clubs that they can’t operate all facilities.
Aside from the public pools, some hotels in Hong Kong have their own swimming pool. For example, the Ritz Carlton’s rooftop pool on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center has stunning views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. It also has floor-to-ceiling windows and LCD screens on the walls and ceiling that show images of tropical fishes, bubbles, clouds, and beach scenes.
There are also some indoor pools, such as the one at the Victoria Park Hotel in Causeway Bay. It has an extensive range of aquatic facilities, including a 25-metre training pool and a smaller teaching pool. There is also a diving platform, a sauna and steam bath, and a multi-functional room for group exercise and parties.
Swimming at a public pool can be expensive, but you can save money by purchasing a monthly ticket. The prices vary depending on the type of pool, but a typical monthly ticket costs HK$150. The price is cheaper for children and students.
You can find a list of public swimming pools on the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department website. The list includes a map of the pools and their opening hours. You can also find a list of swimming pools in each district.
Another option for swimming is a water park. Several water parks in the city have large, heated pools and fun slides. Some also have lazy rivers and other activities for kids. There are also many places to grab a bite to eat while at the water park. Some of the best options include Paradise Cafe, The Pier Restaurant and Bar, and the Café at The Ocean Terminal. All of these restaurants serve a wide variety of delicious food and drinks.