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Tendring leisure centres set out road map for re-opening

Leisure centres in Tendring have set out how they will re-open, in line with the government roadmap.

From 29 March outdoor grass sports pitches are available to book in line with the requirements of each sport’s national body.

In keeping with the gradual relaxation of restrictions, the re-opening of further leisure services is subject to the roadmap ‘not before’ dates and may change depending on the situation.

Tendring District Council’s (TDC) leisure centres are set to re-open from 12 April, offering gym sessions, lane and family swimming plus junior swim lessons, and youth or disabled club activities. Racket sports are also permitted for single households or bubbles, with the exception of squash.

Subject to the roadmap, from 17 May fitness classes will resume as will adult swim lessons, and the flume at Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles can be used again. Racket sports are expected to be open under the rule of six, except squash – where national body guidance is awaited.

Kieran Charles, TDC Sports Facilities and Business Manager, said the leisure team could not wait to get people back in the centres.

“It has been a very strange time for our staff, particularly while carrying out cleaning and building checks on empty pools and sports halls,” Mr Charles said.

“Hopefully we will be able to re-open soon, and all of our Covid-secure measures remain in place – but please do check the signage in case of any changes made. In particular, I’d like to remind leisure centre users that sessions must be booked in advance, and of the need to wear a mask unless you are exercising.

“Until we can re-open our online fitness classes are continuing, which I know have been popular with many people looking to keep fit during lockdown.”

Existing leisure memberships will be free for April and May, as the January payment taken before lockdown was introduced will cover the costs. From June, memberships will be at 75% rate. Annual memberships have been extended to account for the months of closure.

People looking to sign up for a membership can now use the TDC Leisure Centres new website at https://sportstendring.leisurecloud.net/joinathome/.