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Hounslow leisure centres plan a phased return

Hounslow leisure centres, operated by Fusion Leisure, are planning a phased return following the guidance from the Government published on 9 July.

Published: Friday, 24th July 2020

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services

Hounslow leisure centres, operated by Fusion Leisure, are planning a phased return following the guidance from the Government published on 9 July that indoor gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools could reopen from 25 July if they were ready to and were happy that they could meet the strict government guidelines.

Hounslow Council is working with Fusion to establish plans to ensure the strict new criteria can be met and the facilities can reopen safely, enabling our residents and customers to enjoy them once again and include them in their fitness and exercise plans.

The priority for the council and Fusion is that all our residents, customers and staff are protected from the virus, and customers can have full confidence that the centres are entirely safe to use. This means that the centres will not reopen from the 25 July, and when they do reopen, it is likely to be in a phased way.

The strict new guidelines include introducing timed bookings for workouts and restrictions on showering; no towels allowed on the gym floor; at least two metres distance between all available gym equipment and studio space; all touch points such as weights and other equipment to be cleaned down after use; and social distancing enforced throughout, including changing rooms, with no more than one gym user or swimmer for every three metres of space.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council said:

“It is essential that we put the health and safety of our residents, staff and volunteers first, and this means we will only reopen our leisure centres and swimming pools when we are absolutely certain it is safe to do so. We are working closely with Fusion, our leisure provider, to ensure that when we can reopen we do it in a carefully planned and managed way, so that customers can be confident that they are being looked after, and can use the equipment in a safe and enjoyable way.”

The guidance, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and sport, has been complied with input from trade body UKActive, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Fusion will be writing to all their members, and further updates will be available as soon as they are agreed.

Please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information and advice.

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