Hijabs, saris and other unconventional forms of swimwear have been formally accepted at the city's 14 pool facilities.

Until last month, the city's 12 pools and two leisure centres had assessed non-traditional swimwear on an individual basis, Heather Bruce, the city's aquatics and fitness spokeswoman, said yesterday.

The Non-traditional Bathing Suit Policy, introduced this summer, provides formal acceptance of unconventional swimwear that is worn to protect modesty and religious beliefs, said Bruce.