A number of local leisure centres and gyms in Sunderland are set to reopen tomorrow after being given the green light by the Prime Minister.
It comes after Boris Johnson confirmed all leisure centres across all tiers will be safe to reopen with strict operational measures in place.
The leisure centres opening tomorrow include;
- Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre,
- Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope
- Washington Leisure Centre
- Houghton Sports and Wellness Centre
- Hetton Community Pool and Wellness Centre
- Raich Carter Sports Centre
The pool at Raich Carter Sports Centre will remain closed until further notice, with all Learn to Swim customers transferred to Sunderland Aquatic Centre where lessons will restart on Thursday, December 3.
A further announcement about adult swimming lessons will be made soon.
The centres, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Sunderland City Council, will reopen their doors on Wednesday, December 2 following a month’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the centres are able to open, local restrictions mean some activities are not available at some centres.
The North East will come under tier 3 restrictions after England leaves lockdown on December 2.
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.
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.
Ian Bradgate, Everyone Active’s area 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 also like to thank Sunderland City 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 the website here.