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Bannatyne Health Club in Bury St Edmunds ready to welcome back members from Saturday




Bannatyne Health Club in Bury St Edmunds will be opening its doors for the first in months on Saturday (July 25) with changes in place to ensure staff and visitor safety.

The company has undertaken an assessment of the Covid-19 infection risk and has made changes to the services it offers based on the results.

While the club will not initially operate a booking system for the gym or swimming pools, the team will be monitoring attendance and will employ a booking system if necessary.

Staff at the Bannatyne Bury St Edmunds Spa which is being refurbished..Picture Mark Westley. (38898804)
Staff at the Bannatyne Bury St Edmunds Spa which is being refurbished..Picture Mark Westley. (38898804)

Duncan Bannatyne, owner of the company, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we can reopen our Bury St Edmunds health club.

“A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes at all the Bannatyne health clubs to ensure that our large and spacious facilities, which are conducive to social distancing, are safe for members and staff.Although some wet area facilities will remain closed for the time being, we hope to be able to reopen these in the near future

“Most of our members in Bury St Edmunds have been loyal throughout the pandemic and I am delighted to be welcoming them back. I’d also like to personally thank the staff who have remained positive through the very difficult last few months, I know they will be as pleased as I am to open the doors again.”

Temperature checks will be carried out on arrival to the club, while members will have to wear face masks at all times except when exercising.

Hand sanitiser stations have also been installed at the club and water fountains will be out of use.

Other changes include:

  • Enhanced cleaning procedures
  • Cashless transactions
  • Reduced class sizes and careful timetabling to ensure there is no crowding in corridors and changing areas
  • Equipment and machines as well as dining and cafe bar tables have been spaced out to allow for social distancing
  • Some lockers and showers will be out of action to allow for social distancing
  • Headcount checks will be carried out in pools
  • Hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas will remain closed

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