Council leisure centres to re-open

10/07/2020, PR-9472

​Leisure centres are to re-open in a phased manner starting on 8 August.

This follows government's easing of restrictions on indoor gyms and pools.

The locations, activities and membership types are all starting up in stages.

Sun Lane and Featherstone will be the first two locations opening on 8 August followed by Minsthorpe and Normanton on 25 August. Each will offer gym and classes only followed by swimming four weeks later.

Members are invited to return first followed by Pay and Play customers two weeks later.

People in the vulnerable category and GP referrals are being offered a personalised online service.

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "I am happy that restrictions have been eased and that gyms and pools can reopen.

"There are some members who are raring to go and we look forward to having them back. Others, we are aware, are hesitant and we want them to come back with confidence. Therefore we are keeping membership fees frozen until they return or to December 2020 – whichever comes first.

"The leisure centre will be different. People's favourite equipment may not be where they last left it. To make the premises Covid-19 Secure, we've moved things around to create a safe workout environment for members and staff.

"We look forward to having everyone back, in total confidence."

To protect the health of all, sessions now have to be booked and there will be a limited number of people that can work out at any one time.

Full details and timetable are available on the Council's website www.wakefield.gov.uk – just search for "leisure" – and Aspire Facebook page.