WAVES swimming pool in Wodonga still doesn't have a confirmed opening date despite Albury Swim Centre welcoming back its first swimmers on Monday and coronavirus cases in regional Victoria continuing to drop.
The Albury facility opened with COVID protocols including QR scanning, limited numbers in changerooms and social distancing rules in place including at the entrance to the facility.
Lavington Swim Centre will open on October 6, but WAVES, which is also managed by Aligned Leisure, remains shut even though it could open with 50 people under step three on the Victorian government's road map out of restrictions.
"We are keeping abreast of the changes being made by DHHS regarding the operation of pools with further updates coming out as recently as today," Albury-Wodonga Leisure Manager Troy Mytton said.
"We are continuing to review what this means and while we don't have a date as yet, we are preparing for WAVES to re-open later this season."
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Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre also remains closed.
Meanwhile, the push to re-open community pools to people with a disability for hydrotherapy treatment and water-based pain relief activities has been kick-started by the Victorian opposition.
Shadow Disability Minister Tim Bull said the past few months had been extraordinarily hard on people with special needs and acquired injuries who had been denied access to the form of exercise that provides them with a level of comfort.
"Pools offer a wide range of unique treatment options for recovery and rehabilitation that aren't possible in other settings," Mr Bull said.
"Council pools are one of the few locations that can accommodate critical equipment, like a pool hoist, that provide relief by taking the weight off painful joints and muscles.
"But those in need are still being turned away, with regional Victorian councils forced to keep their pools closed to the public under the government's coronavirus restrictions.
"What we need is for the state government to realise they need to be more flexible in this situation and to allow access to those who need it."