Gedling Borough Council will reopen its leisure centres, including gyms, group exercise classes and some of its swimming pools from Saturday (July 25).
Carlton Forum, Redhill, Calverton and Arnold Leisure Centres will reopen from next week following the government’s announcement to relax the lockdown measures.
Leisure centres across the country closed in March as part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The leisure centres have been deep cleaned during the closures and the leisure team has been working hard for a number of weeks to introduce new safety measures, including spreading out gym equipment to enable social distancing, introducing safety signage, a one way system and additional cleaning sessions. There will be cleaning stations in all areas with hand sanitisers and all equipment will be cleaned between sessions.
As well as the classes, gym sessions and public swim sessions restarting, the pools at Arnold and Carlton Forum Leisure Centres are timetabling children’s swimming lessons. Calverton’s pool will remain closed initially, as the changing rooms are being refurbished.
All classes, gym and pool sessions, including children’s swim lessons will now have to be pre-booked, to limit the number of people in the centres at any time and enable social distancing and to meet government test and trace requirements.
Gym, swim sessions and classes will be bookable through the leisure app or online from Saturday 18 July and by calling the relevant leisure centre from next Monday. Children’s swimming lessons will be bookable by calling the relevant centre from 9am on 20th July. Customers will need to have a DNA gym membership or Gedling Leisure Card to book, which is free to order at www.gedling.gov.uk/leisure
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “I am very happy to announce that we are re-opening our fantastic leisure facilities.
“We know that our members have missed going to their gyms, classes and pools and will be eager to return to their local leisure centres. Our staff have missed seeing their regular clients too.
“Our team have worked hard to get all of the centres ready to receive people again and while customers will find some things have changed, they can be re-assured that the centres are safe places to visit and work out.”
Find out more about the safety measures in place across the leisure centres and the children’s swimming lessons: www.gedling.gov.uk/leisure.