Pools and leisure cen­tres re­open as lock­down eased

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IN­DOOR leisure cen­tres and swim­ming pools in West Lan­cashire are to re­open on Satur­day af­ter the lift­ing of Govern­ment re­stric­tions.

West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has been work­ing with West Lan­cashire Com­mu­nity Leisure Trust and Serco to de­velop a de­tailed plan to re­open leisure fa­cil­i­ties safely.

Banks Leisure Cen­tre, Burscough Rac­quets and Fit­ness Cen­tre, Nye Be­van Pool in Skelmers­dale and Park Pool in Orm­skirk will all re­open on a phased ba­sis that will ini­tially in­volve re­duced open­ing hours.

This will al­low West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil to as­sess lev­els of de­mand and con­fi­dence fol­low­ing the lock­down clo­sures and will also al­low en­hanced clean­ing pro­to­cols to be put in place.

Govern­ment guid­ance re­gard­ing the safe re­open­ing of leisure cen­tres will be ad­hered to and will in­volve en­hanced so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

This will mean that cus­tomers will need to book for all ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing those that they would nor­mally just turn up for, such as us­ing the fit­ness suite and ca­sual swim­ming.

Num­bers in the fit­ness suite will be re­duced to al­low safe space for one user per 100 sq ft and pools will have wider lanes.

Deputy coun­cil leader Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen, port­fo­lio holder for leisure and hu­man re­sources, said: “We are de­lighted to be able to re­open our leisure cen­tres again af­ter a clo­sure of over three months.

“These fa­cil­i­ties are vi­tal in pro­vid­ing res­i­dents of West Lan­cashire with opportunit­ies to ex­er­cise and im­prove their phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

“From an eco­nomic per­spec­tive the clo­sure pe­riod has also pro­vided sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial chal­lenges for leisure cen­tres across the coun­try and we are aware of some fa­cil­i­ties that have been forced to close per­ma­nently dur­ing this pe­riod.

“Re­open­ing on a phased ba­sis will al­low the coun­cil time to care­fully as­sess lev­els of de­mand with­out com­mit­ting sig­nif­i­cant cost.”

Full de­tails of the re­open­ing plans are avail­able on the West Lan­cashire Leisure web­site, www.west­lanc­sleisure. com

Nye Be­van Pool in Skelmers­dale and, in­set, Ormkirk’s Park Pool will be re­open­ing this week­end

Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen wel­comed the re­open­ing of fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing those at Burscough, to right, and Banks, right

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