The Kapiti Coast Council has just announced the annual swimming event for the district’s dogs — Dogs in Togs — has been called off.
It was to have taken place at the Waikanae Swimming Pool, Ngarara Road, this coming Sunday.
The Council says: ‘While the event doesn’t meet the Government threshold on mass gatherings of 500 or more people together in one place, helping people avoid close contact with others as much as possible is an effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
‘Keeping individuals, whanau and our communities safe and healthy requires a team effort.
No need for the public to avoid pools
‘More generally with regard to our pools, Council is using the Ministry of Health guidance to inform our actions and at this time, there is no need to avoid public swimming pools.
‘Our facilities maintain very high standards of water quality which is checked every three hours, and the chlorine levels within the pool will help to kill bacteria and viruses.
‘We have also increased the frequency of disinfecting regularly handled surfaces within our facilities such as counter tops, door handles, phones and bathrooms.
‘We encourage our swimmers to shower before and after they get into the pool, wash their swimming gear after each visit and regularly clean their hands as per Ministry of Health guidelines.’