Local leisure centres in Solihull are set to reopen after being given the green light by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Tudor Grange Leisure Centre and North Solihull Sports Centre in Solihull, managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Solihull Council, will reopen their doors on Wednesday 2 December following a month’s closure due to the national lockdown.
The Government has confirmed that leisure centres are safe to reopen with strict operational measures in place.
Solihull, along with Birmingham and Black Country, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire and Coventry will be placed under Tier 3 from 2 December which means that group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) will not go ahead, but the gyms and pools will be open. Full information on how the tier system affects your local centre is available here.
Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Sport, Cllr Joe Tildesley, said: “I’m delighted that North Solihull Sports Centre and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre will both reopen next week. It is more important than ever that we all try and keep fit and well and I know that our partners Everyone Active are making sure that we can do so safely. Regular exercise and activity not only keeps us physically fit but is also good for our mental health so I would urge people to do what they can, particularly during the winter months.”
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.
Wayne Desmond, 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 Solihull 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.”
For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit www.everyoneactive.com.