Gloucester’s GL1 and Oxstalls Sports Centre are preparing to open their doors to the public tomorrow for the first since lockdown.
Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust, which runs the two fitness centres, will open the gyms, sports halls, indoor and outdoor tennis and swimming pool tomorrow, July 25.
New signs have been placed around the sites with hand sanitiser stations and a one-way system, and members of the public are encouraged to arrive kit-ready and avoid showering after sessions.
The trust’s chief executive Jacquie Douglas said the two sports centres are “safe” to visit.
She added they have been under “significant financial pressure” due to the pandemic.
Leisure centres and indoor sports courts have been closed since March and are yet many in the UK will be reopening this weekend.
Members of the public are being encouraged to book slots to use the centres’ facilities, and sign-up to their community card which supports the Government’s track and trace system online to help stop any potential spread of the coronavirus.
Lockers will not be available but customers will be handed a small box for personal belongings.
‘It is very safe’
Jacquie Douglas said: “It is very safe, we are very confident in the guidance we have been issued. It has been reviewed by the scientists nationally and from our perspective we see we have done everything we can to comply with that guidance.
“We would like you to book online or via our app. Every session is now bookable. If you have not done that and we have got spaces left you can turn up, and we can try to fit you in.
“What we are asking is that everyone signs up to our free community card. That enables to capture your data and it supports track and trace, and also helps to keep you safe because we know at any one time who is in the building.
‘It’s been very, very difficult for us’
She continued: “We have been under significant financial pressure. We are a not-for-profit charity, we are here for the community. All of the profits that we make go back into investing in our community. It’s been very, very difficult for us. We have been supported by the local authority which we are really, really grateful for.
“What I would like to encourage people to do is come and use these facilities. Please come and use the facilities.
“It is a place where you can enjoy yourself, have some fun, see people you have not seen for a long time and a real focal point for getting our communities back on their feet.”