Published: Tue 21 July, 2020
*Shared in partnership with Everyone Active*
Local leisure centres in North West Leicestershire are set to reopen, after being given the ‘green light’ by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Hood Park Leisure Centre and Hermitage Leisure Centre, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with North West Leicestershire District Council, will reopen their gyms and group exercise studios on Saturday 25th July 2020. All other facilities within the centres will reopen at a later date.
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. It 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.
Dan Hicks, Everyone Active’s regional contract manager, said: “We’re very much looking forward to reopening the centres and welcoming back the local community. After being closed for nearly four 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.”
Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The health and wellbeing of our communities is of critical importance, and re-opening leisure centres in a safe way is a key step towards returning to a healthy and active ‘new normal’.
“We’ve been working closely with Everyone Active, with the safety of customers taking top priority, and it’s excellent news that people can return to these centres with confidence from 25 July.”
For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit www.everyoneactive.com