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Haverhill Leisure Centre to reopen from July 27

How Haverhill Leisure Centre will ease back into action from July 27 onwards has been revealed by West Suffolk Council, and Abbeycroft Leisure, which manages it on behalf of the council.

On July 27 the gym reopens as does the sports hall, for pre-booked group exercise classes, the café (but only from 9am to 1.30pm Monday to Friday) and the climbing wall.

From August 3 the sports hall will open for block bookings via prior agreement and from August 10 the main swimming pool opens for lane swimming and club sessions only with swimming lessons returning on September 7.

Abbeycroft Leisure staff preparing the gym for reopening
Abbeycroft Leisure staff preparing the gym for reopening

Cllr Jo Rayner, West Suffolk Council Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs said: “Exercise during lockdown may have felt solitary and this is a milestone in coming together again in a safe way, at a time of our own choosing, to enjoy the benefits for well being in our excellent facilities.

“We are working with our partners Abbeycroft to continue the popular virtual lockdown exercise programme, and reviewing uptake of activities in the centres so we can increase activities in a safe way, as demand grows.

“Being active is vital to staying well as the fight against Covid-19 continues, which is why this council is considering support for Abbeycroft to ensure its viability and enabling centres to reopen for the benefit of users.

Safety guidelines are on display at all Abbeycroft Leisure Centres. Contributed picture
Safety guidelines are on display at all Abbeycroft Leisure Centres. Contributed picture

“I thank all our customers for sticking with it and for helping to re-open safely."

Warren Smyth, CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure said: “Our aim is to welcome everyone back safely and in accordance with the guidance.

“The phased reopening means not everything will be open to begin with, but we will be working closely with customers to keep this under review. Things will be a little different.

“We have worked with experts to introduce new measures and procedures and would ask customers to take a few minutes to familiarise themselves with some of these changes www.acleisure.com/comeback.”

All users will need to be registered and pre-book their sessions, which is a legal requirement to support the national track and trace system.

This can be done easily online at www.acleisure.com/comeback and customers needing help can call 01284 757473.

An update is being sent to all members explaining that their membership, which was frozen when lockdown began, will be restarted only when they are ready to come back.

The leisure centres will be cashless and customers will need contactless payment for purchases at reception and the cafes. They are advised to bring the minimum necessary with them, and while toilets will be available, showers won’t.

More details on what is necessary here: www.acleisure.com/comeback.

A fair usage policy will ensure everyone who wishes can book a session.

Initially this means that gym sessions will last no more than 60 minutes and there will be no more than one group exercise class per member per day, with all this kept under review to maximise opportunities for customers.

Cleanliness has always been a priority and customers are being asked to do their bit while staff follow the rigorous new regimes. Users are asked to sanitise their hands on entering and leaving exercise areas, clean down the equipment they have used with cleaning product provided and inform staff of anything that needs attention.

Staff will be thoroughly cleaning equipment between sessions and continuously cleaning high touch areas with a disinfectant known to kill viruses like Covid-19. Full details are available www.acleisure.com/comeback.

The availability of saunas, squash and soft play is yet to be determined.

For more detailed, centre specific opening dates, times and activities www.acleisure.com/comeback

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