SOUTH Gloucestershire’s leisure centres are finally reopening after the coronavirus lockdown.
The Active Lifestyle Centres in Kingswood, Longwell Green, Yate, Bradley Stoke and Thornbury were shut for four months.
Doors were due to open again from July 27 with Circadian Trust, which runs them, saying changes will be made in stages.
The trust has been working with UK Active, Community Leisure UK, sports governing bodies, government and health authorities to ensure Covid-19 secure measures are in place.
These include spacing gym equipment further apart, reducing studio based class sizes and moving more popular classes to their sports halls to increase capacity. The trust will also be operating strict limits on numbers within centres, introducing enhanced cleaning regimes and sanitising stations.
The introduction of a new online booking system and app will enable customers to plan ahead and pre-book all activities, classes and sessions, to ensure that safe social distancing can be observed.
Mark Crutchley, chief executive, said: “We want to thank our customers for their patience during this challenging time and really look forward to welcoming them back.
“The Chief Medical officer has himself stated that paying attention to your health and fitness is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19, so we are delighted to be opening our doors again and helping our customers get back to their pre-lockdown routines in a safe environment for both them and our staff.”
For full information about visiting the centres visit www.activecentres.org