Shropshire Council leisure centres to reopen on 2 December 2020
Leisure centres directly managed by Shropshire Council are to reopen on Wednesday 2 December 2020 when the current Lockdown comes to an end.
SpArC (Bishop’s Castle), Church Stretton Sports Centre, Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and Roman Road Sports Centre in Shrewsbury will all open their doors on Wednesday, in line with the latest Government guidelines.
Under those guidelines, swimming pools and fitness suites will reopen and group exercise classes will resume, utilising the same procedures that were implemented following the first lockdown.
Idsall Sports Centre (Shifnal) will remain closed, although the council is planning to allow access to the outdoor pitches as from Saturday 5 December for football fixtures to take place.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:
“Our leisure centres were well used by residents prior to this lockdown and we’re thrilled that we’re able to reopen our facilities from 2 December.
“We know that exercise is so important to our physical and mental health, so it’s great to be opening our doors again so people can exercise in a safe environment.
“We can’t wait to welcome back our customers. See you on 2 December!”
Shropshire Community Leisure Trust
Centres in Market Drayton, Oswestry and Shrewsbury, including the Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre and Shrewsbury Sports Village, operated by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust will also reopen.
The council invested in new air flow systems at Market Drayton Leisure Centre, Shrewsbury Sports Village and Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre so the facilities could reopen safely in line with Government guidance.
Whitchurch Swimming Centre will remain closed until further notice.
For more information visit https://www.shropshireleisurecentres.com/.
Leisure centres in Shropshire managed by Halo which include Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre, Craven Arms Community Centre and the Severn Centre in Highley will reopen on 2 December.
For more information about these centres visit https://haloleisure.org.uk/.
On 2 December, Teme Leisure will be reopening the doors to leisure centres in Ludlow and Cleobury Mortimer.
You can book sessions now and find out more information by visiting https://www.teme-leisure.co.uk/.
Leisure centres managed by Shropshire Council and by private sector partners have been closed since 5 November due to the coronavirus lockdown imposed by the Government.
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Step Up and help us stop the spread of coronavirus:
From 00.01am on Wednesday 2 December 2020, the new local alert level 2 restrictions for Shropshire will mean:
- People must not socialise indoors with anyone who is not part of their household or support bubble, whether at home or in a public space.
- People can meet family and friends not in their household or support bubble in outdoor settings. When they do so, they must not meet in a group of more than six people.
- You should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
- Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants and can only serve alcohol with a substantial meal.
- Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
- Shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will reopen.
- Schools, colleges, universities and places of worship will remain open.
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
- Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) and spectator sport and business events, is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.
- Organised grassroots sport will be able to resume.
For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.