A lengthy set of COVID-19 rules mandated by the operators of a swimming pool in London include asking swimmers to exhale underwater as well as not to look at or talk to others.
Yes, really. The rules were posted to Twitter in response to a tweet by rapper Zuby in which he stated, “‘Third world countries’ are now more free than ‘first world countries’.”
Several years ago, I said that Westerners should be kinder and more welcoming to refugees, because in the future they will probably be them.— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) May 3, 2021
I wasn't joking.
We are going to see some interesting shifts over this next decade.
“When you need to rest look away from other swimmers and maintain social distancing,” states one of the mandates.
“When swimming, exhale underwater when you can,” states another.
Backstrokes and any other stroke where “social distancing cannot be maintained” are also banned.
Swimmers are also told to avoid talking to each other when social distancing is not possible. The rules are this strict despite London now recording zero COVID deaths and cases rapidly falling across the country.