Galway city's municipal swimming pool will remain open until the end of the year, after the Board of Leisureland accepted an offer of interim financial assistance from the City Council.

Elected representatives voted in favour of a motion to provide €207,000 towards the running costs of the facility in Salthill this week.

The money is essentially an advance on next year’s city council funding allocation for the complex and only secures the short-term future of the pool and gym operation.

There had been concerns that the pool would have to close this month, due to the impact of reduced usage numbers, caused by ongoing public health restrictions.

Covid-19 guidelines mean the capacity of the pool has been significantly reduced, with no more than 50 people - including staff and lifeguards - allowed access the amenity at any one time.

While the additional funding will support operations until the end of December, there are ongoing fears about the medium to long-term outlook for Leisureland.

Latest projections suggest that 2021 revenues will be down by around €1 million on those from 2019.

The board of Salthill Fáilte, the company that oversees the management of the centre, will meet again next month to consider how they might be able to reduce costs and increase revenues.

The Chairman of the Board, Cllr Donal Lyons said Leisureland was in a difficult position as a result of the pandemic and that every option would be examined to try and maintain all operations at the centre into the future.

An application for further City Council funding is likely to form part of the effort to keep the popular pool facility open.