Brightlingsea Sports Centre – along with council-run leisure centres across Tendring – is making final preparations for re-opening on July 27.
Though the government has given the go-ahead for the facilities to open their doors to the public again, those looking to visit are being reminded that changes will be in place for their safety.
All sessions must be booked in advance, so that numbers can be managed, with restricted opening hours in place to allow for deep cleaning. Bookings can be made at https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/leisure/leisure-centres-and-pools from Monday July 20, or by calling the relevant centre reception from July 27.
There will be no changing or shower facilities for gym or dry-side users, visitors should bring their own water bottles, and not bring towels to avoid cross-contamination. Hand sanitiser stations are in place along with screens to protect staff. For the first month over-16s only can use the facilities, as users and staff adapt to the new ways of operating, but this will be regularly reviewed over the summer holidays.
Members can have free access during August in lieu of the days missed when the centres were closed. From September memberships will be at 50% rate as not all services will be available, with this policy to be reviewed monthly as government and industry restrictions change. Individual casual prices will remain the same.
Alex Porter, Tendring District Council's cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “We’ll be putting out some more detailed guidance in the next week. I would ask that as well as following the safety measures which are in place, that everyone is kind and respectful to our staff; this is new to us all, and we will have to adapt as put the new measures into practice, so please bear with us.”
Brightlingsea Sports Centre information
- Monday to Friday: 9am to 8.30pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 1pm
- Call 01206 304946 for more information