Published on 27 November 2020
Archived on 27 December 2020
Local leisure centres in Stratford are set to reopen after being given the green light by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Stratford Leisure Centre, Shipston Leisure Centre, Southam Leisure Centre, Studley Leisure Centre and The Greig Leisure Centre, managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Stratford-on-Avon District Council, will reopen their doors on Wednesday 2 December following a month's closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government has confirmed leisure centres across all tiers will be safe to reopen with strict operational measures in place. However, local restrictions mean some activities are not available at some centres. Full information on how the tier system affects your local centre is available here.
Everyone Active has committed to keeping its customers safe and active, ensuring it will meet and exceed Government guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 with the Everyone Active Pledge. Full detail on the operator's pledge and safety measures can be found here.
While its 200 leisure centres across the country have been closed, Everyone Active has provided a comprehensive package of online workouts for people to use, along with live streamed classes across its social media pages.
Alex Fuoco-Lang, Everyone Active's contract manager, said: "We're very much looking forward to reopening our centres and welcoming back the local community.
"After being closed for a month, this announcement from Government is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaiting.
"It is very important to give people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their leisure centre, particularly during the winter months, and this will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities.
"We would like to thank the 615,000 people across the country who signed the petition we supported to keep gyms open, which triggered a Parliamentary debate, and to acknowledge the impressive manner in which the leisure industry has pulled together.
"We would also like to thank Stratford-on-Avon District Council for their support, which has proved invaluable during this challenging year.
"Ensuring our colleagues and customers remain safe is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance.
"We will be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the centres reopening. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and thank them for their patience."
Cllr Ian Shenton Operations Portfolio Holder at Stratford District Council says: "Leisure centres play a vital part in the well-being, general and mental health of the community and I am, therefore, very pleased that our leisure centres are able to re-open.
"Our leisure centres have taken steps to ensure they are safe to use and I am very keen to encourage new and existing members to use the facilities and help improve their own fitness and health in our welcoming and safe environment."
For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit www.everyoneactive.com.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575