Gedling Borough Council has issued updates on major changes to how its gyms and pools will operate when they reopen next weekend.
Arnold, Calverton, Carlton Forum and the Richard Herrod Centre all reopen next Saturday (July 25) now that government guidelines have been relaxed.
The council said that the centres have been deep cleaned and we have introduced additional cleaning routines, along with cleaning stations and hand sanitisers, throughout all centres.
Although the sites are reopening, there will be changes.
There will be reduced capacity and pre-booking.
Users will need to pre-book a time slot for a gym session, a swim or exercise class and only visit within that timeslot. People are also being advised to arrive and queue 10 minutes before your allocated time. If you arrive more than five minutes late for your session you may not be allowed to participate. All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance.
All activities are now bookable from today (Saturday, 18) via the Gedling Leisure app and online. You can book by phone by calling the relevant leisure centre from Monday, July 20.
Those using a gym are being told to arrive dressed ready to work out as lockers and changing rooms are out of use.
Gym equipment has been spread out with clearly marked areas, to allow at least 2 metres from you and another customer. Some machines will be marked as out of use and there is a one way system in the gym spaces, to help everyone to keep their distances.
All classes also have floor markings to ensure people have at least 2 metres between them and the next person.
Changes have been made at leisure centre swimming pools too.
Each public swim session in the pool will last 50 minutes and must now be booked in advance. People will not be allowed into the pool without a booking.
No spectators are allowed on site for public swimming sessions until further notice.
Swimmers must arrive 10 minutes prior to their session to allow time to get changed and be pool ready for the start of their session.
Public swim sessions take place in lanes and requires customers to swim lengths in a clockwise direction to ensure social distancing
Changing facilities and lockers will be available for use, but customers are being advised to come with their costumes on underneath their clothes so time spent in the changing room is kept to a minimum.
At the end of the session the lifeguards will instruct customers to exit the pool.
For more information visit the council’s website: https://www.gedling.gov.uk/leisure/