The outdoor pools at Havelock North and Frimley will close for the season this Sunday, February 13.
Although in the past the pools have sometimes stayed open for weekends beyond the second half of February, low user numbers in recent weeks, combined with student seasonal staff now returning to university, and COVID implications, means this won’t happen this year, said Council Group Manager Community Wellbeing and Services Rebekah Dinwoodie.
The daily visitor numbers dropped markedly in the last week of January – down by about 1000 from the corresponding period last year.
“It’s likely the red traffic light setting has had an impact. With numbers of COVID-19 cases in Hastings increasing it is unlikely that we will see visitor numbers rise and we are also mindful of the potential impacts on staffing availability across all our facilities should COVID-19 cases surge as Ministry of Health modelling predicts.”
The pools will be operating on some weekdays for school group bookings, staffed by casual employees who cover the Clive War Memorial and Flaxmere Pools.
These two pools remain open.
10 February 2022
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