Photos of swimming pool with social distancing screens is genuine

25 January 2022
What was claimed

Photos of a swimming pool with visitors placed between social distancing screens in the water are not real.

Our verdict

This is genuine footage taken at the reopening of a spa in France.

Photos of a swimming pool, shared on Facebook, show swimmers divided by plastic screens during a class. A caption next to the post says: “Please someone tell me this is not real.”

The images are genuine, taken from a French news broadcast recorded in January 2022, reporting on the reopening of a thermal spa. The facility is based in St-Paul-Lès Dax, south-west France.  

The spa's website includes information about Covid-19 prevention measures it has implemented including the use of masks, vaccine passes and social distancing measures.

Image courtesy of verchmarco, licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as true because the footage is genuine.

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