Keep fit boost as Leisure Centre to re-open 

ROYTON Leisure Centre is re-opening on Saturday, July 25 for the first time since March as closure restrictions at other venues across the borough are also lifted. 

Customer numbers at the Park Street enue will at first be reduced to comply with social distancing measures.

Activities for members and the wider community, including the gym, group exercise classes, swimming, courts, bowls, table tennis and learn-to-swim lessons. must be pre booked. And initially, customers will be restricted to one booking per day.

But doors finally re-opening after Covid-19 lockdown is good news for the public keen to resume and increase their daily exercise regimes.

Stuart Lockwood, chief executive of Oldham Community Leisure which oversees the borough’s centres, said: “We can’t wait to reopen our doors and welcome our valued customers back to leisure centres and the activities they’ve missed during lockdown.

“Getting ready has taken a lot of hard work from my team but I’m excited to share the changes to our leisure centres with the local community.

“To begin with, it might feel or look a bit different, but everything has been done to prioritise the health and wellbeing of both staff and customers.”

All activities require advanced booking via the OCL website or the Oldham Active app or by calling 0161 207 7000.

OCL is working closely with UK’s sports governing bodies to ensure it complies with the Government’s current Covid-19 secure guidelines, introducing a comprehensive cleaning regime and social distancing measures.

Customer numbers will be reduced to help give everyone the space they require.

Oldham Leisure Centre, Saddleworth Pool and Leisure Centre, Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, The Radclyffe Athletics Centre and Failsworth Sports Centre will also re-open on Saturday. 

OCL has produced a ‘what to expect’ video that can be found on its website along with more details about its reopening:

OCL is providing an enhanced cleaning regime and hand sanitizing programme.  The team is asking customers to be respectful of others and to clean equipment after use.

There will be markers and arrows to help guide people around the trust’s leisure centres.

OCL has also confirmed it will continue its online classes to help reach people who are shielding or apprehensive about returning to leisure centres.

It has also promised to continue its REACH exercise referral programme in a virtual capacity. Stuart concluded: “Stay safe, stay apart, and stay active.”

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