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No re-opening date for council-run gyms and swimming pools in Harrogate district

No re-opening date for council-run gyms and swimming pools in Harrogate district

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 6:51am 11th July 2020.

The government have given them the go-ahead from 25th July, but the council say they can't set a re-opening date yet.

  • Harrogate Borough Council haven't yet confirmed a date when their gyms and swimming pools will re-open
  • On Thursday, the government announced indoor sports and leisure facilities can open their doors again from 25th July
  • But the council say they need time to draw up and implement added safety measures

 

No date has been set for the reopening of council-run swimming pools, spas and gyms in the Harrogate district – despite a government go-ahead.

The government announced on Thursday evening that all indoor sports and leisure facilities can open their doors again from 25 July.

Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, Coun Stanley Lumley, said the council can’t yet set a reopening date for its swimming pools, spas and gyms, but added safety measures are now being drawn up.

 

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Coun Lumley said:

“I’m delighted the government has advised it is now safe for leisure facilities to open from 25 July.

“But of course, customer safety comes first. We’re working hard on introducing new customer guidance for all of our facilities as well as staff training and cleaning procedures.

“We’ll have more news in the coming days and weeks with what facilities will open and when.”

The government has published guidance for the reopening of some leisure and sports facilities, which includes cleaning regimes, social distancing and protection for staff.

Measures also include limiting the number of people using a facility at one time, reducing class sizes and spacing out equipment. Face coverings will not be mandatory in gyms.

 

 

It comes as Harrogate Borough Council this week approved plans to hand over management of its leisure centres to a council-controlled company.

Council leaders last month revealed their proposals to set up the company – to be called Brimham’s Active – after estimating they could save around £400,000 a year in business rates relief and VAT benefits at its venues.

Harrogate Borough Council is in charge of The Hydro leisure centre, Turkish Baths, Knaresborough Pool, Starbeck Baths, Nidderdale Pool and Ripon Spa Baths.