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Swimmers celebrate the end of the lockdown with a splashdown at outdoor pools in Melbourne

Reporting by Stephanie Ferrier

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Many people may have gone to the pub at midnight to celebrate the end of the lockdown in Melbourne, but some preferred to enjoy their new freedom in the swimming pool.

Public pools are open for the first time in 11 weeks, and many early pools are reserved several days in advance.

Swimmers at the Harold Holt Swim Center in Glen Iris were extremely eager to get back to their morning ritual.

“It’s only been 11 weeks, but it feels like longer,” said early-morning swimmer Richard.

“That’s what gives us our excitement.”

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Katherine has been swimming in the bay while pools have been closed and she said it was nice to take a dip without a wetsuit on.

She said it finally felt like a kind of normality was returning to Melbourne after 263 days of lockdown in 2020 and 2021.

“It’s been really hard for a lot of people, and I think it’s true that everything is getting a little more normal, kids back to school, and let’s hope the retail business opens soon,” she said.

Although she was more than happy to be back in the pool, Katherine said she would not rush back to pubs and restaurants yet.

“We just have to be careful, take it easy, COVID is still nearby. Ten members of my family in the UK got COVID, so I’m very aware that it’s not over.”

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