Local leisure centres in Warwick district are set to reopen, after being given the ‘green light’ by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Castle Farm Recreation Centre and St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Warwick District Council, will reopen their doors on 25 July 2020 for gym access and fitness classes.
Abbey Fields Swimming Pool and swimming pools at Newbold Comyn and St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre will reopen from early August. The news comes after the facilities were forced to close for almost four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government update on 9 July confirmed leisure centres were now safe to reopen facilities, with strict operational measures in place. Everyone Active procedures will ensure social distancing is managed throughout the centres and regular cleaning is maintained.
Whilst its 200 leisure centres across the country have been closed, Everyone Active launched a comprehensive package of online workouts for people to do whilst on lockdown, along with streaming live classes across its social media pages. It also pledged to donate half the cost of a membership to charity – The National Emergencies Trust – if customers continued to pay. Consequently, the operator raised over £400k for those most in need during the pandemic.
Gareth Wagg, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We’re very much looking forward to reopening the centres and welcoming back the local community. After being closed for nearly four months, this latest announcement from Government is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaiting. Giving people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their leisure centre will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities.
We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we have received from customers during these unprecedented times, and we’re so grateful. Like many other industries, leisure has been greatly affected by the lockdown.
“Ensuring our colleagues and customers remain safe is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance. We will be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the centres reopening. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and thanking them for their patience.”
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger, commented: “I’m delighted that at long last our Warwick District’s residents will once again be able to enjoy the health benefits of our leisure centres.
“We have been working very closely with Everyone Active, during the lockdown to keep the Centres safe and more recently to ensure that we can open with Covid-secure activities following the detailed guidance we have received from both the Government and specialist sports bodies.
“All activities and timetables will be very different to start with as customers and colleagues’ safety is paramount. However, as guidelines change and restrictions are lifted and we all adapt, our centres will become once again great community hubs for exercise, social interaction and wellbeing, personally, I can't wait to get back to my exercise classes!“
For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit www.everyoneactive.com