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Local leisure centres reopening
21 July 2020 : Council news, Sport and leisure
Local leisure centres across the district are set to reopen.
Blackbrook Leisure Centre and Spa, Taunton Pool, Wellsprings Leisure Centre and Wellington Sports Centre, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with SWT will reopen their doors on 25 July for gym access and fitness classes.
The news comes after the facilities were forced to close for almost four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other facilities and activities across the leisure centres will follow in a phased approach and members will be updated as dates are confirmed.
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. Full detail of the operator’s measures can be found here.
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 in 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.
Mark Washington, 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.”
Cllr Richard Lees, Executive Member for Leisure at SWT, said: “I am delighted that as the lockdown eases our leisure centres are opening again in accordance with leading practice from sports’ governing bodies.
Whilst it will necessarily be very different we are hoping to get all our activities back as soon as we can.
“We want people to enjoy all the health benefits that our leisure centres can offer, however, those who use these facilities must remember to stick to social distancing and hygiene guidelines. This is so important for the safety of everyone in our communities to minimise the spread of this virus.”
Everyone Active reopened Vivary Golf and Adventure Centre in May following the Prime Minister’s announcement that some lockdown measures could be eased, including access to more sports, including golf, fishing, and tennis.
Further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres can be found here.