Leisure World Colchester to partially reopen from 25 July
PUBLISHED: 20 July 2020
Date issued: 21 July 2020
Leisure World Colchester’s leisure pool, fitness pool and Activa gym will reopen on Saturday 25 July 2020, following the Government’s easing of lockdown measures.
Changes to lockdown measures for the leisure industry were announced by the Government on the 9 July 2020, following scientific and medical advice. The announcement means Leisure World Colchester will be able to reopen some facilities, providing social distancing measures are in place.
Leisure World Colchester staff have been busy preparing the centre to ensure that it is coronavirus safe – including adding signage, a one-way system, a new cleaning regime and hand sanitiser stations. Additionally, only a limited number of customers will be able to attend the centre at any one time to allow for social distancing. Customers will need to book all activities online before visiting the centre. Bookings can be made from Wednesday 22 July.
Changing rooms will be open for customers using the swimming pools but will remain closed to Activa gym users until further notice. Lockers inside the gym are available for storing small personal items.
Initially, only Leisure World Colchester will open its door to members, visitors and families wanting to use the gym and pools. A gradual reopening of Leisure World Tiptree and Highwoods will be announced in the coming month.
Cllr Theresa Higgins, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: “Leisure World facilities are an important part for the health and wellbeing of many residents. I know the reopening of the gym and fitness pool will be a relief for existing members and exciting for new customers. “We’re really keen to help everyone to stay fit and active during the pandemic, so we’ve removed membership joining fees for the foreseeable future.
“It’s really important customers book sessions before visiting the centre to allow Leisure World to practice social distancing. If a booking is not made unfortunately you will be asked to leave and re-visit once a booking is made.”
Cllr Higgins added: “We know many families will be excited to jump back into the leisure pool and to have some active fun with this summer.” Leisure World sites first closed on the 19 March 2020 following advice by the Government. Since then, Leisure World’s Tennis Centre reopened on the 19 May 2020, following the easing of lockdown restrictions for outdoor exercise.