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Local leisure centres set to re-open

Local leisure centres in Middlesbrough are set to reopen, after being given the 'green light' by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

It has now been confirmed that Middlesbrough Sports Village, Neptune Leisure Centre and Rainbow Leisure Centre which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Middlesbrough Council will reopen their gyms on Saturday 1 August.

Virtual and live fitness classes will also be available at Rainbow Leisure Centre. Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre successfully reopened in May.

The good news comes after the facilities were forced to close for over four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone Active and Middlesbrough Council have worked together in order to enable the centres to safely open earlier than originally planned.

The swimming pool facilities at these centres will open on Saturday 22 August and all customers will be communicated to directly regarding the details for reopening, in the coming weeks.

This is part of a phased approach to re-opening the leisure facilities in order to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all customers returning under the new social distance guidance.

The Government update on 9 July confirmed leisure centres are now safe to reopen facilities, with strict operational measures in place. Everyone Active procedures will ensure social distancing is managed throughout the centres and regular cleaning is maintained. Get full detail of the safety measures.

Whilst its 200 leisure centres across the country have been closed, Everyone Active launched a comprehensive package of online workouts for people to do whilst on lockdown, along with streaming live classes across its social media pages.

It also pledged to donate half the cost of a membership to charity - The National Emergencies Trust - if customers continued to pay. Consequently, the operator raised over £400k for those most in need during the pandemic.

Martin Miles, 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 over 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.

"We've been overwhelmed with the support we have received from customers during these unprecedented times, and we're so grateful.

"Like many other industries, leisure has been greatly affected by the lockdown.

"By working in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, we're pleased to say that we've been able to get our facilities safely back open earlier than expected.

"Ensuring our colleagues and customers remain safe is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance.

"We will be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the centres reopening. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and thanking them for their patience."

Councillor Dorothy Davison, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, said: "Our leisure centres and swimming pools are hugely important parts of the communities they serve, and we know how much people have missed them during the lockdown period.

"An enormous amount of work has gone into ensuring they can re-open safely at the earliest opportunity, and I'd like to thank everyone for the patience and understanding they've shown over the last four months.

"We will continue to work closely with Everyone Active to help people enjoy these great venues, with the health and well-being of staff and customers our number one priority."

For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit the Everyone Active website.

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