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Staff at Haverhill Leisure Centre begin operation reopen after Government gives the green light

Haverhill Leisure Centre is putting plans in place for a phased reopening of its services after the Government said all leisure centres can reopen from July 25.

All West Suffolk Council owned leisure centres have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown began in late March.

They are managed by not-for-profit social enterprise Abbeycroft Leisure, who are now contacting members with details of the phased approach to re-opening.

Haverhill Leisure Centre in Ehringshausen Way can reopen, but not before July 25 at the earliest
Haverhill Leisure Centre in Ehringshausen Way can reopen, but not before July 25 at the earliest

Warren Smyth, CEO of Abbeycroft said: "Our aim is to welcome everyone back as soon as we can safely do so and we are just adding the final touches to our operation, taking account of the guidance that has been issued.

"We are planning a phased reopening of our centres and services and will let you know more in the coming days detailing the specific arrangements for the facilities you use.

"As you may expect not everything will be open to begin with but this will be under regular review taking account of government guidance, liaison with our stakeholders and customer feedback.

‘You will see that we have worked tirelessly with our team of experts to introduce new measures and procedures to make your visit to us as safe as possible.

"So things may be a little different, please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with some of the changes www.acleisure.com/comeback.

"You will find many FAQs which may help answer any questions you have, if it doesn't, please keep checking back as we are regularly updating this page as we get closer to reopening."

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council said: "This is another milestone and helping people keep fit and active as well as getting back to more familiar routines, which I know many have been waiting for.

"While we have been working very hard with Abbeycroft Leisure to ensure our leisure centres are as safe as possible before re-opening them, we would ask users to also help us and do their bit to follow guidance.

"The physical health and mental wellbeing of our communities has always been a priority for us and is an important factor in dealing with the effect of Covid-19.

"Many have found our parks and open spaces invaluable during lockdown.

"For those who need to self-isolate, or indeed those who may wish to wait longer before using leisure facilities, the popular online activities will still be available.

"I would like to thank all involved, and encourage everyone to stay active and if possible support our local leisure facilities while following the measures in place to protect both themselves and others."

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