COVID re-START information

Relevant for all coaches, participants, volunteers and spectators

Covid alert / tier status

In England, we are currently in step 4 of the government’s COVID roadmap for lifting of restrictions. This relaxes requirements on social distancing and mask wearing in most areas, which allows us to return to more normal indoor and outdoor organised club training.

Further information from the UK Government on permitted activities is here.

All club training sessions are run within current BTF COVID guidelines, please ensure you follow the general COVID control measures in the guidance and the information below.

Before you book / attend any session

Do not leave home to participate in any club or group activity if:

  • you, or someone you live with, has any symptoms of Covid-19, the main symptoms being: high temperature / new, continuous cough / loss of or change of taste or smell;
  • you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace in the past 14 days; or
  • you’re required to quarantine due to travel.

NHS and Public Health England guidance on self-isolation can be found at

It is your responsibility to be sufficiently fit and healthy to participate in any swim, bike, run activity. You should think about any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have and, if in any doubt, you should not participate.

You will need to book and pay for your session in advance via Numbers are limited by BTF requirements. If you later find you cannot attend, please try to cancel your place so that someone else can attend.

You will be asked to confirm your health assessment questions again on arrival at coached club sessions and are expected to self-certify at uncoached sessions.

Your name, contact phone number, and the dates and times of the sessions you have attended will be retained by CTC for up to 21 days and shared with the NHS Test and Trace programme if they request it.

At ALL sessions

  • Please follow instructions from coaches/session leads and any signs/instructions at the venue
  • Social distancing while travelling to and from activities and during the session is now a recommendation, not a legal requirement
  • Most venues now allow the use of changing rooms (not all allow showers), but you may prefer to continue to arrive changed and ready to train
  • It is recommended to bring a face mask – some indoor venues may choose to continue to require masks
  • It is recommended to wash/sanitise your hands regularly
  • Can we encourage you to travel to sessions by walking/running/cycling?
  • Bring your own drinks/food/equipment and limit sharing
  • Some venues allow showering after training, some don’t yet

After a session

If you become ill with COVID and need to give club contact info to NHS test and trace please use

Swim specific details

In addition to the overall COVID re-START information above, the following applies to pool swimming.

Before you book / attend any swim session

Christleton and City Baths now allow changing before and after swimming, although City Baths does not allow showering yet.

Only attend your booked session. The number of swimmers in each session and lane are limited by BTF / Swim England requirements so it will not be possible to swap booked sessions.

On arrival at swim sessions

At Christleton, the entrance is via the lower door at the front of the building, Entrance A. Christleton invite people to wear masks but it is not compulsory.

At City Baths, the entrance is the normal way in on Union St. You will need to bring your own mask and wear it inside the building when walking to the pool and when leaving the pool to exit the building.

Sanitiser is available in the entrance area.

City Baths poolside:

If there is a coach they will tell you which lane to go to. If the session is uncoached, find a lane with others of a similar speed, max 5 people in each lane.

At swim sessions

All lanes will swim CLOCKWISE. Be aware of of the increased risk of clashing hands with a swimmer in the neighbouring lane – another good reason to concentrate on good technique and high elbows instead of windmilling. Remove heavy watches/jewellery if you are a windmiller.

You should avoid overtaking, but if it is necessary, please breathe to the other side while passing.

Toilets – if you need to go during the session, please follow any signage/instructions.

At the end of the session the coach will tell you when to get out. At uncoached sessions, please exit the pool lane by lane, maintaining distance from others.

After swim sessions

At Christleton we can now use the individual or group changing rooms and shower before or after swimming. The exit door is at the front of the building as normal.

At City Baths we can use the cubicles, but still no showers. Put on your mask to walk to the exit door, sanitise your hands before leaving. At City Baths, always walk anti-clockwise round the pool. The exit door is at the deep end of the pool, out the back of the building onto Forest Street. Each person please close the fire door behind you.

If you come to City Baths by bike and leave it in the bike store near the entrance, at the end of the session let pool staff know you need to collect a bike, exit the building via Forest Road and come back in the front of the building at Union Street, collect your bike, then exit via the bar, back onto Union Street. Take care opening the gate as it opens outwards onto the pavement.