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Shorter Opening Hours for Swimming Pools Considered

The Reykjavík City Sports and Leisure Council (ÍTR) is considering shortening the opening hours at some of the city’s swimming pools to cut back on their operations. Proposals to that regard will be discussed at the making of the 2011 budget bill.

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The swimming pool in Akureyri. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Chairwoman of ÍTR Diljá Ámundadóttir told Fréttabladid that nothing has been decided yet. However, cutbacks are necessary, although it will be attempted to execute them in such a manner that they will not prove too inconvenient for Reykjavík residents.

ÍTR operates seven swimming pools, which, according to Ámundadóttir, present an opportunity for cutting back. “We could possibly save extensive amounts by changing the opening hours slightly because all the pools don’t have to be open from 7 am and until the evening.”

“One or two would have unchanged opening hours but it is possible to rotate the others whereas some could close earlier two or three days a week. That way we can save up to ten million krónas,” she concluded.

Ámundadóttir stressed that no layoffs are involved in the plans but the shift arrangement would be changed. She would not comment on potential cuts to the work percentage of employees as no decisions have been made yet.

Another savings measure that was considered was closing the Bláfjöll ski resort.

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