The number of swimmers allowed into the Orange Aquatic Centre is being limited by coronavirus rules.
Swimmers have to book and are only allowed to be inside the complex for one hour. That includes a swim, shower and exit.
However, council is not adjusting the entry price.
Council spokesman Allan Reeder said the pool had to meet COVID-19 rules.
"To meet the social distancing requirements we're limited to a maximum of four swimmers per lane at any one time," he said.
Mr Reeder said that had improved from the initial one person-per lane requirement in force when the pool was allowed to re-open after the main COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.
"To space people out through the week, swimmers are also required to book ahead," he said.
"They can do that by phone by booking in for a one hour time-slot. That hour covers their swim and shower," he said.
Mr Reeder said there was no time limit on how long people had to swim or took for a shower but people needed to enter and exit the centre within an hour and let the next swimmers in.
Intending swimmers must wait outside until their booked time.
"The admission price for adults ($7) has not changed as the pool started the new financial year," he said.
"Admission charges for children and concession entries have gone from $5 to $5.20." He said season passes had been put on hold.
However, Mr Reeder said once the pandemic had ended season passes would be extended to cover the time holders had been unable to use them.
He said the restrictions meant the number of people able to use the pool each week was well-down on normal times.
"Around 300 swimmers a week are using the pool and that's been a very steady figure in recent weeks," he said.
"Despite the winter chills, outdoor swimming is still popular at the Orange Aquatic Centre. Swimmers are enjoying the water that's kept to a cosy 26 degrees."
Mr Reeder said swimmers were understanding about the enforced restrictions.
"Orange's swimming community has responded brilliantly to the extra conditions which were introduced to meet the COVID-19 requirements," he said.
"They've been very patient and are still making the most of the opportunities for exercise at the pool."
Mr Reeder said the Fitness Passport system was back on line enabling swimmers to use their Fitness Passport again at the Aquatic Centre.
He said staff were constantly cleaning touch surfaces including handrails to reduce any coronavirus transmission risks.
Mr Reeder said with chlorine in the water the pool was actually one of the safest places to be as the chemical would kill the bugs.
The indoor pool closed from March 23 due to the pandemic.
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