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Active Tameside announces safe reopening of centres

Press Release: 22/07/2020

 

Active Tameside has announced the safe reopening of its gyms, pools and classes.

Seven of the charitable trust’s centres, including their £15m flagship facility Tameside Wellness Centre in Denton, will welcome the public back from 6am on July 27th following the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions on the leisure industry - though with some restrictions in place.

The centres have been closed since the UK went into Covid-19 lockdown in March.

Gyms will reopen in the majority of centres, with floor layouts altered to allow users to get back to their much-missed equipment safely.

And, in great news for swimmers, pools at Active Ashton, Copley, Medlock and Tameside Wellness Centre will reopen for safely distanced lane swimming and club usage. Swimming lessons are still unavailable for now but are being regularly assessed and will resume when it’s safe to do so.

Group exercise classes will resume with reduced capacity to ensure a safe distance between members. Equipment and studios will be sanitised after every class and new class timetables will be released imminently on the Active Tameside website.

All activities must be booked in advance via the online booking system at https://www.activetameside.com/ or via the Active Tameside App (available to download from https://www.activetameside.com/app) to manage capacity and ensure social distancing.

All staff are undergoing comprehensive Health and Safety training prior to opening and a number of safety measures to protect staff and visitors have been installed including protective screens, customer safety signage, regular and stringent cleaning regimes and sanitisation stations.

The trust would like to stress the importance of users familiarising themselves with the new safety measures ahead of visiting any gym, which are available on the Safety Information page at  https://www.activetameside.com/reopening

Active Tameside cafes, creches, gymnastics lessons and attractions; Hyde Leisure Pool, Adventure Longdendale (formerly Total Adrenaline) and Adventure Medlock (formerly Sky High Adventure) remain closed at this time.

Members will be contacted directly about their memberships.

Chris Rushton, Chief Executive of Active Tameside said: “We’re looking forward to seeing our members and users once again, as we know from the messages and interactions on our social media channels that so many people have missed our facilities, activities and staff greatly.

“We want to reassure everyone about the extensive safety measures we’ve put in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors while continuing to provide friendly and welcoming facilities.”

Throughout lockdown Active Tameside has provided outreach services and support, including its Active Education service, which provides high quality physical education curriculum to Tameside and Glossop primary schools and has delivered PE sessions for vulnerable youngsters and the children of key workers in 40 local schools.

The Live Active service, which help makes physical activity easily accessible, particularly to those with long-term health conditions and older residents, has been out and about helping to keep up spirits and fitness levels. They’ve also delivered regular Health Walks. The Trust has also been live streaming workouts and quizzes, posting online fitness instructor videos, nutrition, health and wellbeing advice, exercise resources and insightful blogs.

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