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Local leisure centres reopening date announced

Published on Friday, 24th July 2020

Local leisure centres in Nuneaton and Bedworth are set to reopen, after being given the ‘green light’ by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Bedworth Leisure Centre and Pingles Leisure Centre, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council will reopen their doors on Saturday 25 July 2020 as part of a phased reopening. The news comes after the facilities were forced to close for almost five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bedworth Leisure Centre and Pingles Leisure Centre will reopen for gym access only at this time, the swimming pool facilities at both centres will open on 22nd August. All customers will be communicated to directly regarding the details, including timetable and programming changes.

Jubilee Sports Centre will reopen with limited opening hours on Monday 27th July 2020 for group exercise classes only at this time, all other facilities at the centre will initially remain closed. Etone Sports Centre will remain closed for the time being.

This is a steady and phased approach to re-opening which takes in to account the safety of all customers and colleagues as well as consideration for local resident’s health and well-being. All activities need to be pre-booked through an online booking facility here.

The Government update on 9 July confirmed leisure centres are 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 on lockdown, along with streaming live classes across its social media pages, the operator 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.

Joe Warren, 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 five 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.”

Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure, Councillor Ian Lloyd commented:

“It is great news that we now have a decision from the Government on when our leisure centres can reopen. I welcome the decision and am confident that our centres are doing all they can to adhere to the measures set out by the government around keeping their centres clean and safe for all”.

“Leisure centres are such an important part of our communities and I’m sure their reopening will be welcome news to many residents of the Borough. I appreciate that the phased re-opening of swimming will be disappointing to some residents, but this is in the best interest of resident’s health and well-being”.