Yate Leisure Centre to reopen after four months in lockdown
YATE Leisure Centre will reopen next week after four months in lockdown.
It will open its doors again on Monday July 27, along with four other Active Lifestyle Centres in Thornbury, Longwell Green, Kingswood and Bradley Stoke.
Circadian Trust, which runs the centres, says they will reopen in stages having made changes "to ensure Covid-19 secure measures are in place".
These include spacing gym equipment further apart, reducing exercise class sizes in studios and moving more popular classes to sports halls to comply with social distancing recommendations. The trust says there will be "strict limits" on numbers, enhanced cleaning regimes and sanitising stations.
All visits will need to be pre-booked online.
The trust said it was "reopening areas in stages where it is confident it can create a safe and controlled environment for customers and staff, and focusing on areas which are financially viable to help ensure the facilities are sustained for local communities", adding: "A phased approach will also allow the Trust to test demand and assess service viability."
Chief executive Mark Crutchley said: “We want to thank our customers for their patience during this challenging time and really look forward to welcoming them back.
“The Chief Medical Officer has himself stated that paying attention to your health and fitness is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19, so we are delighted to be opening our doors again and helping our customers get back to their pre-lockdown routines in a safe environment for both them and our staff.”
The government has cleared leisure centres and swimming pools to reopen from Saturday but Mark said the trust was waiting until Monday to reopen to it had "full IT support in place".
He added: "We also wanted to allow adequate time for our staff to be fully trained and confident in a new way of working. Ultimately, we want our customers to have the best possible experience given the circumstances.”
For full information about visiting the Active Lifestyle centres visit www.activecentres.org