Halo members in Herefordshire have been left frustrated by the decision made to delay the reopening of swimming pools in the county.

Halo had originally planned to reopen pools in Ledbury, Leominster and Ross this month, but now say that it is not economically viable to do so, without extra support from the government.

A spokesperson for Halo told us:

“Now we have our gyms and group exercise classes open we are working hard to find a solution to the financial challenge of reopening our swimming pools across Herefordshire. It was initially our intention to welcome back customers to our swimming pools in Ledbury, Leominster and Ross during August. However, the reality of operating with significantly reduced capacity, to support social distancing, which in turn results in a significant reduction in income means it is not economically possible for us to reopen this month as we had planned. 

We are still hopeful that some form of financial support package will be forthcoming from the Government to support essential community facilities such as ours in reopening and to this end we continue to lobby on behalf of the entire sector.

We are reviewing the situation on a weekly basis and are hopeful for a solution that allows us to open in September. As a social enterprise and registered charity we hope we can continue to count on your support and understanding during this difficult period.‚ÄĚ