Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Local leisure centres in Oadby and Wigston are set to reopen, after being given the ‘green light’ by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Parklands Leisure Centre which is managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Oadby and Wigston Borough Council will reopen its gyms and group exercise studios on 8 August. The news comes after the facilities were forced to close for over four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The swimming pool facilities at Parklands Leisure Centre will reopen on 20 August for bookable lane swimming only, with swimming lessons commencing on 22 August. Customers will be communicated to directly regarding the details for reopening.
Wigston Pool and Fitness Centre will remain closed for the time being and members will be able to use the facilities at Parklands Leisure Centre from 8 August. Reopening dates will be announced in the coming weeks
This is part of a phased approach to reopening the leisure facilities in order to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all customers returning under the new social distance guidance.
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.
James Naylor, 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 over four months, this latest announcement from Government is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaited. 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.”
Anne Court, Chief Executive Officer of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council said, "we know our leisure facilities are really important for the health and well-being of our local community. We are delighted that the Parklands Leisure Centre is re-opening its doors from 8 August for its gym and group activities and 20 August for the bookable swimming lanes. It is fantastic news and we know that members will be excited to get back to using the facilities and resume their leisure activities."
For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit www.everyoneactive.com.