Our health and leisure centres open next week

29 July 2020

From the start of August, our five Health and Leisure centres reopen to Fitness Direct members for gym sessions and group exercise sessions, with all pools to be re-opened by mid-August.

Applemore, New Milton and Ringwood open on Monday 3 August, with Lymington and Totton opening on Friday 7 August.

Inside the centres and behind the scenes our staff have been busy making lots of small but important changes, all to keep our customers safe while they enjoy their activity. 

Cllr Mark Steele, our Portfolio Holder for leisure and wellbeing, said,

"They're still the same centres, that was really important to us to keep that friendly feel, but people will now be greeted on arrival with a new queuing system with one queue for the gym, and another for group fitness, information to assist them will be on display, and they will see hand sanitiser dispensers all throughout the centres and we have signs on the floors to direct customers and show the new one-way system around the centres."

"Coming to one of our centres is an enjoyable experience.  What we have worked on means that this will continue to be the case and our customers can relax, knowing that we have given really detailed thought to what is in place to keep them safe.  We've worked to industry guidance, tested everything we're doing, and I am confident the centres are ready to welcome people back."

Other changes:

  • Class sizes have been reduced and markers have been placed on the floor as a guide
  • In the gyms, the equipment has been moved around so that social distancing can be maintained, or screens have been installed
  • Our staff and instructors are all receiving training prior to re-opening
  • Activities must all be pre-booked
  • Everyone must clean gym equipment before and after use with spray and paper cloths that we are providing
  • Centres have been deep cleaned and cleaning timetables increased in frequency
  • 15-minute gaps between gym bookings and classes to allow for additional cleaning

Members have received a letter explaining the changes. 

All swimming pools are planned to re-open by the middle of August.  All pools will have a slow, medium and fast lane and customers will be able to book hourly slots.

Prior to reopening, customers can drop in for a walk around the centres, starting with Applemore, Ringwood and New Milton. No pre-booking is required. Our staff will be on hand in key areas of the building to show the one way system and answer any questions. More details available on our Health and Leisure website.

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