Outdoor gyms set to re-open as Leisure Centre preparations continue

Outdoor gyms across the borough are set for a phased re-opening from Friday 10th July following new Government guidelines released last week.

Outdoor gyms set to re-open as Leisure Centre preparations continue

Telford & Wrekin Council has been continuing maintenance and inspection on outdoor gym equipment during lockdown, and will be opening the following sites on Friday 10th July:

• Hartshill Park
• Dawley Park
• Bowring Park

Users of outdoor gyms in the borough must be aware of the new government guidelines that now applies to all outdoor gyms and realise that coronavirus safety is also in their hands. The council is unable to monitor and clean all outdoor gyms on a frequent basis and is asking users to stay alert by:

• Social distancing
• If the outdoor gym is busy, wait or come back later
• Using your own hand sanitiser gel before, during and after your visit
• Wipe down equipment before and after use
• Please take any litter and wipes home with you

While leisure centres are still anticipating an announcement to permit facilities to re-open, teams have been working hard behind the scenes throughout the closures to ensure leisure centres are safe and ready to re-open.

Over the last three days the RLSS UK Trainer/Assessors came together from across all four swimming pool sites to deliver 115 Return to Work Competency Assessments due to COVID -19 for our Pool Lifeguards.

Preparations have also included screens installed in reception areas, hand sanitiser stations and one way systems within the centres, all to ensure the safety of customers when using the facilities.

The Telford & Wrekin Leisure team will be communicating with customers as soon as the Government allows Leisure Centres and indoor gyms to re-open.

Cllr Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries, and Culture said “It’s great to see outdoor gyms re-opening as lockdown restrictions begin to lift, particularly as Leisure Centres are still closed, but we are asking that everyone follows the safety advice and acts responsibly.” 

“We are urging users of outdoor gyms to be fully aware of what they need to do to help keep everyone safe.”

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