In at the deep end: The pools struggling to stay afloat in the pandemic

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For lovers of swimming outdoors, the re-opening of lidos across the Anglia region has been warmly welcomed.

But with social distancing and other safety measures required it's not without its difficulties and there are fear that pools won't get enough swimmers through the doors to make it financially viable.

When the Government said outdoor pools could re-open in July, the charity which runs the 1920s Jesus Green Lido in Cambridge decided to take the plunge and welcome swimmers again.

But with pandemic precautions in place it says it's very difficult to make enough money tokeep the pool open.

The water is turning green at Peterborough Lido, unable to re-open because of financial difficulties caused by the pandemic. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a different story though in Peterborough. The charity Vivacity which ran the city's lido recently announced it was handing it back to the council citing financial difficulties caused by the lockdown.

The council says it has no plans to open it because of the risk of Covid-19 transmission and at the moment the pool water doesn't look very inviting.

Swimmers enjoyed the pool in the summer weather at Beccles Lido in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

At Beccles Lido in Suffolk, they are open but with Covid 19 restrictions in place - which means they're only allowing a limited number of swimmers into the pool.At Jesus Green Lido in Cambridge they're calling for extra Government funding for the sector as it's feared that without help many lidos and leisure centre pools will find it difficult to keep their heads above water.

Outdoor swimming pools face an uncertain future with pandemic precautions in operation. Credit: ITV News Anglia