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A Haverhill gym is all set to reopen - once it gets the go ahead




A Haverhill gym has been working hard to ensure that it has met all the necessary safety standards to ensure it can reopen once the Government gives it the green light.

Gyms across the nation are working towards potentially reopening at some time in mid-July, but at Real Bodies Health & Fitness, in Hollands Road, should that happen sooner, it is ready and able to welcome clients back for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown began in late March.

Co-owner Lee Button and his team have put all the safety measures in place; safe distance markers are on display, more cleaning and sanitising stations set up, PPE is available for the staff and they have been fully trained on the required cleaning standards and safety measures.

Co-owner Lee Button at the new look reception at Real Bodies Health & Fitness. He is holding a scanner used to check customers temperatures. Contributed picture
Co-owner Lee Button at the new look reception at Real Bodies Health & Fitness. He is holding a scanner used to check customers temperatures. Contributed picture

“If they said we could open next week then we have literally just got to tick the last few boxes and that’s just down to the signage really,” said Lee.

“If they said we could open next week then we are ready to rock.”

Many customers have shown their support for the gym by turning down the invitation to freeze their direct debit membership payments during the closure – an encouraging sign that user numbers will soon pick up after reopening.

The team at Real Bodies Gym in Haverhill
The team at Real Bodies Gym in Haverhill

Lee said: “We are hoping to get back up to 80 per cent of our membership within about five weeks after opening.

“The only way that happens is if we create a safe customer journey.

“We have got all the procedures in place. The equipment is going to be cleaned and training sessions will be booked through an app.

“We are going to be closed for approximately one-and-a-half hours each day for a deep clean.

“We are a local business. We are 100 per cent planning to reopen and that is definitely going to happen. Like any local business we are going to thrive on the fact that the local community is going to come back to us.”

For an initial period after reopening, the gym’s showers and changing rooms will also be closed.


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