Pools opening (a bit) sooner than expected
Iceland’s swimming pools have been closed for several weeks during the coronavirus outbreak but are being allowed to open again this Monday.
More than just a publicity stunt, it is hoped the night-time opening will help relieve some pressure as each pool will be restricted to 50 percent of usual capacity to start with.
“To respond to the enormous excitement and demand, we have decided in cooperation with staff to open the swimming pools at midnight on Monday—actually, at one minute past midnight. The first ever universal public night swim. Yes, it means some people will be tired at work on Monday, but they won’t only be tired, they will first and foremost be clean and happy. See you in the pools!” wrote mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson on social media this afternoon.
It is worth noting that while the capital city has around 17 public pools, only seven are in the municipality of Reykjavík.