Two Suffolk leisure centres given the green light to reopen after government announcement
Two Suffolk leisure centres are reopening after being forced to close for four months due to coronavirus.
Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket, and Stradbroke Swim and Fitness Centre in Eye, run by Everyone Active, are reopening this Saturday, with swimming pool facilities due to open shortly after.
It comes after government advice on July 9 announcing leisure centres could reopen from July 25.
Social distancing measures will be in place and the centres will be contacting customers directly over the coming days with information on the reopenings.
Simon Fearn, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: "We’re very much looking forward to reopening the centres and welcoming back the local community.
"After being closed for nearly four months, this latest announcement from Government is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaiting.
"Giving people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their leisure centre will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities."
Whilst Everyone Active's 200 gyms were shut across the country, they launched online classes and workouts for their members.
They also pledged to donate half the cost of a membership to The National Emergencies Trust if customers continued to pay.
In total, the company raised £400,000 for the trust which helps those in need during times of national crisis.
Julie Flatman, cabinet member for communities and housing at Mid Suffolk District Council, said whilst the centres' teams had done a 'great job in supporting customers to exercise at home' during the temporary closure, the announcement they would be opening was 'welcome and will support the longer-term health and recovery' of the community.
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