Leisure centres in Wyre Forest to reopen

Leisure centres in Wyre Forest are set to welcome customers back from next month.

Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, in Kidderminster
Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, in Kidderminster

Wyre Forest Leisure Centre will open on Friday, August 7, while Bewdley Leisure Centre will reopen on Monday, August 24.

Both centres were closed by Places Leisure, which manages them on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council, in March following the coronavirus outbreak.

Since then, Places Leisure has been taking advice from Public Health England, following Government guidelines and consulting with its trade body to make sure new measures are in place to reopen safely.

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Changes will include an increased cleaning schedule and clear signage to make sure visitors are following social distancing guidelines, aware of reduced activity capacities and know the locations of hand sanitising and cleaning stations.

To help with social distancing, Places Leisure is asking customers to pre-book sessions on the Places Locker mobile app or website when they reopen. Members will be able to start booking for sessions 14 days in advance.

Councillor Helen Dyke, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and community protection, said: “We are delighted Wyre Forest Leisure Centre and Bewdley Leisure Centre are reopening next month. We understand the important role the centres play in the community especially when it comes to improving people’s health, fitness and wellbeing."

Stuart Booton, manager of Wyre Forest Leisure Centre added: “It’s exciting to be inviting customers back into the centre from August 7. We are eager to help everyone back into their fitness routines in a safe and considered way.

"I would urge customers to visit our website before they arrive – it will list the new opening times, activities available and details of how customers can book onto each activity. We cannot wait to welcome our colleagues and customers back.”

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