Swimmers in Bridgwater can return to the water this weekend after four long months, as the pool at Trinity Sports & Leisure is set to reopen to the public.

From Saturday, August 1, staff at Trinity Sports & Leisure will greet swimmers for the first time since the pool was shut by the coronavirus pandemic.

1610’s popular Learn to Swim programme will also resume on August 1, continuing to provide swimming lessons to children and adults of all ages and abilities.

A spokesman for 1610 Ltd said: "Trinity Sports & Leisure started its first phase of reopening on July 25, with a successful reopening of the gym.

"At least 100 members have been attending each day and have been impressed with the measures that have been put in place."

Member Julie Endean said: “Its all very Covid friendly. Just use common sense and follow the rules. Well done 1610”.

General Manager, Chris Skidmore, said: “It has been fantastic to welcome our members and local community back to 1610 to continue their health and fitness journey.

"Our team has worked hard to ensure our centre is safe, fresh and in line with government guidelines and with advice from UK Active, Swim England and Public Health England.

"We are so grateful for the support we have received from customers during these unprecedented times. "We look forward to seeing more people this weekend and thanking them for their patience.”

Changes at the centre include additional sanitising stations, enhanced cleaning procedures, one way systems, comprehensive staff training, amended pool and gym capacities and timetable and plastic shield installation between machines in the gym.

All customers will be required to pre-book online before they attend.