Relief across Warwick district as leisure centres set to open despite Tier 3 - The Leamington Observer

Relief across Warwick district as leisure centres set to open despite Tier 3

Leamington Editorial 1st Dec, 2020   0

LEISURE centres in Warwick district are set to reopen this week after being given the green light by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Despite Warwickshire being placed in the most restrictive tier 3 level, the government has confirmed leisure centres across all tiers will be safe to reopen with strict operational measures in place.

Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Castle Farm Recreation Centre, St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Abbey Fields Swimming Pool and John Atkinson Sports Centre – managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active – will be welcoming back residents tomorrow (Wednesday).

Football pitches and pavilions managed by Warwick District Council (WDC) will also reopen along with tennis courts at Abbey Fields, St Nicholas Park, Victoria Park and Christchurch Gardens, and Edmondscote Athletics Track and Gym.

Everyone Active spokesman Gareth Wagg said: “We’re very much looking forward to reopening our centres and welcoming back the local community.

“After being closed for a month, this announcement from government is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaiting.

“It is very important to give people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their leisure centre, particularly during the winter months, and this will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities.

“We would like to thank the 615,000 people across the country who signed the petition we supported to keep gyms open, which triggered a Parliamentary debate, and to acknowledge the impressive manner in which the leisure industry has pulled together.

“We would also like to thank Warwick District Council for their support, which has proved invaluable during this challenging year.”

WDC councillor Moira-Ann Grainger added: “The reopening of the leisure centres is a welcome boost for our district especially as we move into the dark and cold winter months. Regular exercise is important both physically and mentally and we very much hope that local people will take advantage of the excellent facilities available, in the knowledge that strict, tried and tested health and safety measures are in place.”


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