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Councillors to discuss plan to reopen leisure centres in the Braintree District

Councillors to discuss plan to reopen leisure centres in the Braintree District

Remobilisation Plan for the phased reopening of leisure centres to be discussed

Braintree District Council has announced a plan that will see leisure centres in its district re-open as Covid-19-safe places as soon as possible.

Last night (July 27), at a meeting of Full Council, councillors agreed an allocation of funding to be used to get the leisure centres up and running at the earliest opportunity.

On Friday July 31 a special meeting of Cabinet will be held where councillors will consider the funding and a remobilisation plan put forward by Fusion Lifestyle for the phased reopening of the leisure centres.

Following the Government’s announcement that gyms and indoor sports could reopen from the 25th July 2020, with guidance published on the 9th July 2020, Braintree District Council has been working with Fusion to look at the measures needed to enable the centres to reopen safely.

If the plan and financial support is agreed by Cabinet on Friday, the health and fitness and outdoor sports provision will reopen at Braintree Sport and Health Club (located in Panfield Lane, Braintree), Witham Leisure Centre and Halstead Leisure Centre in the week commencing 3rd August 2020. The swimming pool at Witham Leisure Centre will reopen on 10th August 2020. 

The second phase would see the full reopening of all remaining leisure facilities across the district from the week commencing 7 September 2020. The second phase will see the reopening of Braintree Swimming and Fitness Centre (located at Charter Way, Braintree) and the pool at Halstead Leisure Centre.

There will be a number of measures in place to keep both the centre users and staff safe. Fusion will follow all guidance from central government and national governing bodies such as UKactive and Swim England. These measures will include additional signage, one way systems, additional sanitisation and a booking system for all activities which will enable the centres to support the government’s NHS Test and Trace service.

In order to help customers to observe strict social distancing measures, gym and group exercise equipment will be spaced out around the centres and different areas of the centre may be used to provide additional space. Government guidance will however limit the number of participants able to take part in activities.

More information: 

  • The financial situation was set out in a press release last week and it can be found here
  • View the Cabinet papers in advance of the meeting on Friday here.
  • National guidance for grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities can be found here