Reopening of Kingston’s Leisure Centres
Following a meeting of its Response and Recovery Committee on July 30, Kingston Council has agreed an arrangement that will allow the borough’s leisure facilities to reopen this month.
From 11 August, the athletics track at Weir Archer Athletics and Fitness Centre will reopen to athletics clubs only who pre-book via the Places Locker app or via the Places Leisure website. The centre will fully reopen to the public on 24 August.
The Tolworth Recreation Centre and the Malden Centre (including swimming pool) will also reopen to the public on 24 August.
All customers will need to pre-book their visit via the Places Locker app or via the PlacesLeisure website to ensure they can enjoy their visit safely.
The borough’s leisure facilities were originally closed on 18 March due to COVID-19 restrictions, and work has been ongoing to ensure residents can return safely since the Government announced leisure centres and gyms could be reopened at the end of July.
The council is supporting Places Leisure to ensure that the sites adhere to Government guidelines and can open in a safe, responsible way for both staff and customers.
The council is committed to providing opportunities for residents to engage in sport and physical activity, to improve health and wellbeing, enable social inclusion and reduce inequality.
Following the agreement, Portfolio Holder for Business and Leisure, Cllr John Sweeney said:
“I’m delighted that we’ll soon be able to welcome Kingston’s residents - along with the many sports and athletics clubs - back to our local gyms, swimming pools and race tracks. Sports, exercise and leisure are a huge part of what makes Kingston a great place to live and work, and I know that many will be looking forward to returning to using the leisure facilities they’ve been missing for the last few months.
I know that many have been frustrated by the delay. I thank them for their patience and look forward to welcoming them back.”
Marie O'Loughlin, Contracts Manager at Places Leisure, said:
“We are delighted to be able to announce the reopening of Kingston’s leisure facilities. We are implementing lots of new measures to keep colleagues and customers safe. Changes will include lots of signage to ensure we all respect social distancing, reduced activity capacities, enhanced cleaning regimes, and hand sanitizing and cleaning stations. Customers can find out more about the steps we’re taking by visiting our online Frequently Asked Questions page at https://www.placesleisure.org/reopening/faqs.
We’ll also ask customers to pre-book sessions on our Places Locker app or via our website.”
More information will be shared online via the Places Leisure and Kingston Council websites.