A New Normal For Leisure Centres

Issued: Friday, July 10th

Lincs Inspire is pleased to be welcoming customers back once again to their leisure facilities, following the temporary closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Following the announcement from Government, the charitable trust will begin a phased re-opening of its leisure centres in North East Lincolnshire from Monday, July 27.

An open day will take place on Sunday, July 26, followed by a gradual re-opening that will help the organisation re-build its business in a controlled manner. The period of closure, along with the necessary changes that have been made, continue to have a big impact on the charitable trust.   

In the first instance Cleethorpes Leisure Centre will re-open along with Grimsby Leisure Centre’s pool building. Grimsby Leisure Centre’s health and wellbeing site – the original building - will also re-open, exclusively for customers over 50, those managing a health condition or a disability and initially Monday to Friday. Immingham Swimming Pool and King George V Athletics Stadium will unfortunately remain closed but under review.

Sue Wells, Lincs Inspire’s chief executive, said:

“We thank everyone for their support during this unusual time, we know how tough it has been on everyone. We are really looking forward to getting back to business, welcoming you back through our doors once again, and helping you to re-build your health and fitness in the way you want to.

“We are sorry that we have not been able to re-start all of our services or re-open all of our sites initially. We appeal for your understanding and we will return to business-as-usual as soon as we are able.”

Lincs Inspire has taken every precaution to ensure that colleagues and customers come back to a safe environment. Therefore, things will look a little different and some operations have changed to accommodate new regulations and procedures.

Ms Wells added: “We have created a huge group exercise zone in the Grimsby Auditorium, offering customers plenty of socially distanced workout space and a programme of classes with something for everyone.

“Our sports hall at Cleethorpes is also being used for group exercise classes, and our always popular spinning classes.  Some gym equipment has also been moved into this area to give customers more space to work out.

“Our swimming pools take a little longer to get back up and running, and therefore public swimming will re-start from Saturday, August 1.

“As a charitable trust we rely on the support of our members and the wider community. We look forward to everyone’s support and hopefully, many more successful years of supporting our community.”

So that customers can familiarise themselves with the changes, an open day will take place on Sunday, July 26. Members are invited to book a slot to look around, speak to the teams and see the changes that have been made.

Lincs Inspire subscription members will receive further information by email about the re-opening plans, including guidance on direct debit payments. These will be sent week commencing Monday, July 13.

Details are also available on the Lincs Inspire website and all customers need to familiarise themselves with the changes before they visit. Some changes that customers can expect include:

  • Safe distancing measures throughout, requirement to use hand sanitiser provided and to work with us to ensure all our premises remain safe for both staff and customers

  • A requirement to bring their Lincs Inspire card to each activity session

  • Booking in advance, preferably online, for all activities/sessions, capacity will be significantly reduced to ensure safe social distancing in accordance with industry guidelines

  • ‘Pay as you go’ customers will also need a Lincs Inspire card to book and pay online in advance

  • To be patient with our teams when they are deep cleaning our facilities throughout the day

  • Only bring children under the age of 16 to family specific sessions and ensure they are always supervised by a parent or guardian

  • Our reception areas will include safety screens and we will only have one person behind the counter at any one time. 

Timetables for classes, gym sessions, indoor bowls and swimming will soon be available, along with booking times for the open day. All members and pay-as-you-go customers are encouraged to book online where possible. For this they will need a Lincs Inspire card and register for an online account.

Bradley Football Development Centre re-opens to the public on Monday, July 13.

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