Leisure centres will reopen this weekend
Published 23rd July 2020
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Local leisure centres in East Herts are set to reopen, after being given the ‘green light’ by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.  

Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre and Hartham Leisure Centre, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with East Herts District Council, will reopen their doors on Saturday 25 July. 

Ward Freman Pool, Leventhorpe Pool & Gym and Fanshawe Pool & Gym will follow, with a reopening date of 1 September 2020. The opening of these dual use sites at a later date will enable the refinement of social distancing measures and mirror the academic year. Customers with memberships at these sites will be able to use Grange Paddocks and Hartham Leisure Centre during the interim for both swimming and Fitness. 
The news comes after the facilities were forced to close for almost four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Swimming pools and lessons at Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre and Hartham Leisure Centre will reopen at a date shortly after 25 July, with a lane booking system in place. All customers will be communicated to directly regarding the details for reopening. 

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 it’s 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 Humphries, 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 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.”

Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing at East Herts Council, said: “We are pleased that residents will be able to use our leisure facilities again and hope that this will help improve both physical and mental wellbeing during such challenging times. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Everyone Active for working with us to keep members and residents safe during these difficult times.”  

For further information visit the Everyone Active website.