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Lismore Memorial Baths will remain open until April 18 after Lismore City Councillors unanimously decided to keep the pool open during the upcoming school holidays. It was to close before Easter.

“A lot of people in the community wanted the pool season to be extended and we heard them and acted,” Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins said.

“It has been a tough 12 months with COVID, and I think people are relishing the ‘normality’ of going for a swim at our baths. It is part of my morning routine, and I know it is part of many people’s preparation for the working day, midday escape from the office or an afternoon wind down.”

“It’s not only important for people’s physical health, but also their mental well-being.”

The opening hours of the Memorial Baths will remain unchanged until Easter. It will be closed on Good Friday and operate 9am to 5pm over the rest of the Easter weekend.

From 6 April, the hours will be reduced on Mondays to Fridays from 6am to 2pm, and on weekends from 10am to 3pm.