Date for opening of the public swimming pools still uncertain

Date for opening of the public swimming pools still uncertain

On Good Friday, the open-air bathing season would have opened at Wannsee. But due to the Corona pandemic, the traditional bathing on the beach of Berlin's most famous open-air swimming pool is once again cancelled, said the spokesman of the Berliner Bäder-Betriebe, Matthias Oloew, when asked by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

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Ein Badeanzug liegt auf einer Mauer im Prinzenbad, dahinter schwimmen Menschen im Becken ihre Bahnen.

However, preparations for the season have begun - even if at a somewhat slower pace due to the uncertainty. Sufficient staff is available. For the time being, the Bäder-Betriebe did not give a date for the opening of the outdoor pools.

50 percent fewer bathers in 2020

The Corona pandemic caused the number of visitors and revenues at Berlin's swimming pools to plummet last year. While 6.3 million visits were counted in 2019, there were about 50 percent fewer in the pandemic year 2020, Oloew said. The final figure has not yet been determined. There had also been fluctuations in visitor numbers in the years before Corona - due to a rather cooler summer, around 5.7 million guests were counted in 2017, and 6.7 million in 2018, he said. However, the decline in 2020 was almost entirely due to the effects of the pandemic, Oloew said.

Fewer visitors also mean less money

The pandemic had caused an additional deficit of 4 million euros for the Bäder-Betriebe over the whole year. This was compensated by the state of Berlin. Oloew said that a larger deficit could be prevented by reducing operating costs and short-time work. Berlin's public baths are always operating at a deficit and receive large subsidies from the state budget.

Berliner Bäder-Betriebe are looking into the introduction of the Luca app

The Berliner Bäder-Betriebe expect a similar operation for the summer as last year - with time slot admission tickets, admission restrictions and contact tracking. To make this easier, they are also looking into introducing the Luca app.
Keime im Badesee
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