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Women banned from public shower shaving

Women will no longer be allowed to shave in the showers at some of Sweden’s public swimming halls after a number of visitors saw red and complained.

Women banned from public shower shaving

“This goes for all our swimming halls. We don’t want our guests to shave in public,” Josefin Kejder, who manages a pool in Växjö, southern Sweden, operated by Medley, told Sveriges Radio.

Medley, a company which runs public swimming pools in several locations across Sweden, placed signs in the ladies’ showers in all their facilities a few months ago after disgruntled customers had complained that they didn’t like having to watch other women shaving in the showers and changing rooms.

“They felt uncomfortable watching other women shave in public and think that they should be doing that at home – and the company agrees,” Kejder told the broadcaster.

However, no similar signs are up in the men’s changing room, something Kejder told SR was due to no men having complained about public shaving.

Kejder explained that shaving in public appears to be a more of a problem for women than men.

“I think women shave more than men in general. And it is also a question of hygiene with hair getting stuck in the drains,” hetold the broadcaster.

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Malmö: Swimmers warned to stay out of water due to dangeous algae

Residents and visitors to Malmö have been warned to avoid swimming at all beaches and bathing spots along the southern city's coastline due to dangerous algae bloom in the water.

Malmö: Swimmers warned to stay out of water due to dangeous algae
The bathing pier at Sundspromenaden, one of Malmö's affected beaches. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

Editor's note: On Thursday, July 25th, city authorities said it was once again safe to swim. Bathers are advised to look for signs and flags by swimming spots in case the situation changes.

The city council took to social media to ask people to avoid swimming “until further notice”, while signs have been put up and black flags raised at the sites themselves.

This is after regular tests showed there was algal bloom in the water, which can produce toxins that are dangerous to people and animals, sometimes leading to rashes and stomach flu-like symptoms.

While the warm weather encourages many people to go for a dip outdoors, these weather conditions can also lead to overgrowth of algae.

Some of the affected swimming spots include Klagshamnsstranden, Ribersborgsstranden, Scaniabadet and Sundspromenaden in the Västra Hamnen area, Sibbarps saltsjöbad, and Sibbarpsstranden.

As for when it will be safe to swim again, it could be at least another day or two, but it's possible the beaches will be safe for bathers by the weekend.

Marie Persson from Malmö City's environmental department told Sydsvenskan: “We usually don't have this for more than a couple of days, then the wind blows it to other places. Now the weather is supposed to stay steady with calm winds, but I have no idea of ​​the currents. Hopefully it will be no more than a few days.”

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