St Helens Borough Council leisure facilities will reopen to the public from Monday 27th July as part of a phased return, with a number of measures in place to keep visitors and staff safe.
All council-maintained leisure centres closed on Friday 20 March in adherence to government guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus – however Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, recently announced that these types of services can reopen from Saturday 25 July as part of the country’s recovery from COVID-19.
The reopening will be done over three phases.
Phase one: Monday 27th July
· Parr Swimming and Fitness Centre will open its gym, and both Queens Park and Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness will open their gyms and exercise classes.
Phase 2: Monday 3rd August
· Queens Park and Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness will open their swimming pools.
Phase 3: Monday 10th August
· Ruskin Sports Village, Sutton Leisure Centre and Newton-le-Willows-Health and Fitness will open their outdoor facilities (grass pitches, artificial turf pitches and track)
· Sutton Leisure Centre, Queens Park and Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness will open their sports halls.
To ensure members of the public continue to encounter a safe experience on their visit to a St Helens Borough leisure centre, a series of measures have been introduced, such as pre-booked visits only; one way systems; Perspex screens on reception counters; and sanitising stations thought the facilities.
Meanwhile, all transactions have been moved to cashless – and to limit the number of face to face interactions, all gym inductions will be made available through online video tutorials, with membership sign up also moved to this method.
Toilet access will be available – but on Government advice, changing rooms will only be available to customers with disabilities and additional needs for the time being.
At this point in time, no date has been set for recommencing swimming lessons or opening Willowbees Adventure Play, based at Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness.