North Derbyshire leisure centres prepare to re-open this weekend

Staff at council-run leisure centres in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire are preparing to re-open their doors on Saturday 25th July.

Chesterfield Borough Council confirmed Queen’s Park Sports Centre and Staveley Healthy Living Centre have been prepared ahead of Saturday’s reopening in line with the guidelines issued by Government and the leisure industry to ensure customer and staff safety.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “It is fantastic news that the council’s leisure centres will be back open for business from this weekend.

“I know lots of customers will be very keen to get back to their fitness regimes. Exercise in its many different forms is great for people’s physical health and mental wellbeing.

“We have had to make a lot of changes to how we provide the services on offer, and so I would encourage customers to read the guidance on our website before visiting the centres.”

Customers will need to book sessions in advance in order to visit the leisure centres and sessions will be time limited. This will allow for cleaning to take place between customers’ visits. Customers’ contact details will also be retained as part of NHS test and trace requirements.

Customers who are not already a member of the leisure centres will need to become registered users in order to visit. This can be done free of charge by contacting either of the leisure centres by email or phone.

Queen’s Park Sports Centre and Staveley Healthy Living Centre have both been deep cleaned, equipment in both gyms has been moved to make it easier for customers to practise social distancing and signage has been installed throughout the centres to remind customers of expected behaviours.

There will be limited access to changing rooms and lockers for customers wishing to swim; customers should arrive ‘beach-ready’ by wearing their swimming costumes under their clothes. After swimming customers are asked to towel themselves dry, put on their clothes and shower at home.

New cleaning stations have been installed in our gyms and customers will be asked to clean equipment before and after use. Changing rooms, lockers and water fountains will not be in use. Customers should bring pre-filled water bottles for their personal use when visiting the centres.

The council has taken advice from leisure governing bodies including Swim England and UK Active in order to ensure its reopening plans are safe and in line with industry best practice.

Customers will notice that screens have been installed in reception areas and one-way systems introduced to support customers to maintain social distancing when visiting the centres.

North East Derbyshrie District Council have also confirmed leisure centres in Dronfield, Eckington and Clay Cross are set to re-open their doors on 25 July.

Social distancing measures will be in place, hand sanitizing facilities available and safety is the number one priority for staff and members who are in attendance.

To prepare leisure centres for the re-opening, the authority has made available useful information on its website highlighting what they can expect on their return and a frequently asked questions section for enquiries.

There will be gym and swimming slots available over the opening weekend which will need to be booked. To book, please visit the North East Derbyshire District Council website for further information on how to do this. https://www.ne- derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/leisure-centres-re-opening-information

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Jeremy Kenyon said: “It is great to be able to announce that our leisure facilities can now re-open for our communities to enjoy. The leisure staff have been hard at work ensuring vital safety measures are in place for yours and the staff’s safety – which is paramount.”

“Our leisure centres are at the heart of our communities and we look forward to welcoming you back safely to enjoy our facilities once more.”

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