Published Thursday, 30 July 2020
Following the government’s decision to allow indoor gyms and leisure facilities to re-open, Waverley Borough Council owned Leisure Centres are set to open their doors in mid-August.
Both parties are aiming to reopen all five of Waverley’s leisure centres on Monday 17 August. The financial aspects will be considered by Waverley’s Full Council on Tuesday 11 August and subject to approval at this meeting, Places Leisure will then confirm to members 17 August as the reopening date. This will allow Places Leisure the time to bring the required health and safety improvements into the leisure centres and train staff on the new procedures.
The pandemic has resulted in severe financial impacts for many businesses, including the entire leisure industry and has left both Places Leisure and Waverley Borough Council with a shortfall in income. Therefore, it was important to reach a financial agreement that results in the best outcomes for all parties and ensures value for money for residents.
Things will look different when the centres do re-open. Signage will ensure social distancing is respected, there will be reduced activity capacities, an enhanced cleaning regime plus hand sanitizing and cleaning stations will be available. To increase customer safety, activity sessions will also need to be pre-booked via the Places Locker app or via the Places Leisure website.
Steve Little, Places Leisure, Waverley Contract Manager said: “We have missed our customers and we’re really excited to reopen as soon as possible. We are busy implementing new measures to make customers’ visits as safe and enjoyable as possible and we look forward to seeing you very soon”.
Councillor Liz Townsend, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Parks and Leisure, said: “We understand the benefits that being active has on everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing and that our residents and customers are eager to get back to using our great facilities, in a safe and clean environment. We are confident that Places Leisure are putting in place the necessary measures for everybody to exercise as safely as possible.”
Customer FAQs are available on the Places Leisure website and people are encouraged to watch a short information video which explains some of the changes being made to ensure that people can exercise safely.