Leisure centres ready to reopen but you must book


Spiceball opens its doors this Saturday and the outdoor pool can be visited from Saturday August 1

The option of exercise at one of our local sports centres is back on offer from Saturday (July 25).   Following the latest phase of lockdown restrictions being eased Spiceball Sports Centre will be open for activities such as weight lifting, spin, or use of the elliptical trainer from this weekend.   The sports centres in Bicester and Kidlington will also be reopening.

The open-air pool at Woodgreen Leisure Centre will open for lane swimming from Saturday, 1 August for the remainder of the summer season. 

Cherwell District Council is keen to ensure sports centre users are aware they will need to book their visits via the LeisureCentre smartphone app.

Cherwell has been working closely with Legacy Leisure to plan for the safe, phased reopening of the centres.

Councillor George Reynolds, Cherwell’s lead member for leisure and sport, said: “The reopening of leisure centres is really good news for local people, who I know have missed the chance to use the running machines, lift weights and attend their usual classes during lockdown. 

“That relief still comes with a note of caution. We know coronavirus is still in general circulation, so we are reopening in a careful, phased way. People using the centres will need to book before they show up, and inside the facilities there are arrangements to encourage social distancing that they will need to follow. 

“But people have been brilliant at adapting to the changes that the collective effort against COVID-19 has required and this flexibility and understanding will be needed again to make this reopening a success.”

Jason Andrews, area manager for Legacy Leisure, said: “We are committed to providing the best possible experience to our customers, even under social distancing measures, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to your community leisure centres.”

Anyone visiting any of the Council’s leisure centres will find enhanced cleaning regimes and hand sanitizer readily available, classes held in larger spaces to facilitate social distancing and floor marking to help people stay distanced.   Use of the booking app will help to limit overall numbers at the centres.

At Spiceball the indoor pools will remain closed, with reopening dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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