Active Northumberland makes customer safety top priority as sport centres reopen

Active Northumberland sports and leisure centres have reopened with the lifting of lockdown.

Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 12:34 pm

Under new Tier 3 regulations, only gym and swimming sessions will be permitted at the centres including children's swimming lessons, however full exercise and fitness classes are prohibited for now.

Active Northumberland will continue to have stringent hygiene and social distancing practices in place to keep customers and staff safe and well.

Thorough cleaning measures that are in place at the centres include a thirty minute closure of the gym after each session to enable the cleaning of equipment. There will also be anti-bacterial wipes available for members to wipe down their equipment and hand sanitiser points throughout the centres.

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Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick.

Anyone wishing to use the facilities must pre-book a place from the Active Northumberland website or app as numbers will be limited in the gym or pool at any one time.

Mark Warnes, acting chief executive of Active Northumberland, said: “We are delighted that we have had the green light to reopen the centres, albeit in a limited capacity, and are really looking forward to welcoming our customers back through the doors to resume their fitness regimes. Please be rest assured that health, hygiene and safety remain our top priorities.”

Cllr Jeff Watson, cabinet member with responsibility for healthy lives at Northumberland County Council, added: “Whether you are going to start back at your local gym, go for a walk or cycle or try an online exercise class it is important that we all try and keep active in ways that we can as we work through this pandemic together.”

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