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Swimming pools ramp up checks for security

SWIMMING pools across the city have introduced security checks at entrances, banning swimmers from bringing drinks, as well as big bottles of shampoo and body wash into the facilities, an official with the Shanghai Sports Bureau said yesterday.

The new regulation took effect on June 20 and will continue to September 10.

It was issued by the sports bureau, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau and other departments to ensure the city is safe during the World Expo period, said an official surnamed Li with the Shanghai Social Sports Management Center of the sports bureau.

Other dangerous or flammable articles such as knives, alcohol and gasoline were also on the ban list, Li said.

"Large swimming centers or parks will be equipped with X-ray machines at the entrances for baggage checks," Li said. "But the checks will be carried out by security guards at smaller swimming pools."

However, security checks will not be as strict as those at the Expo site. Visitors may still take small containers of drinks, shampoo or body wash if approved by security guards.

"They may bring their beverages if they drink some in front of the guards to prove that they are safe," Li said.

She said they could also bring in a small bottle of shampoo or body wash after showing them to guards.

An official surnamed Zhang with Dino Beach, a water park in Shanghai, said they had installed X-ray machines last year.

Zhang said the machines can detect dangerous or flammable substances so visitors may still bring shampoo or body wash into the park if they pass the security check. The park has also prepared free shampoo and body wash for swimmers.


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