Leisure centres across West Suffolk getting ready to reopen later this month

West Suffolk leisure centres are adding the final touches to their plans to welcome users back.

The centres in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall and Newmarket have been closed since lockdown.

They are managed by Abbeycroft Leisure, who are now contacting members with details of the phased approach to re-opening.

John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council which owns the complexes, said: “This is another milestone and helping people keep fit and active as well as getting back to more familiar routines, which I know many have been waiting for.

“While we have been working very hard with Abbeycroft Leisure to ensure our leisure centres are as safe as possible before re-opening them, we would ask users to also help us and do their bit to follow guidance.

“The physical health and mental wellbeing of our communities has always been a priority for us and is an important factor in dealing with the effect of COVID-19.

“Many have found our parks and open spaces invaluable during lockdown. For those who need to self-isolate, or indeed those who may wish to wait longer before using leisure facilities, the popular online activities will still be available.

“I would like to thank all involved and encourage everyone to stay active and if possible support our local leisure facilities while following the measures in place to protect both themselves and others.”

Warren Smyth, CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure, added: “Our aim is to welcome everyone back as soon as we can safely do so and we are just adding the final touches to our operation, taking account of the guidance that has been issued.

“We are planning a phased reopening of our centres and services and will let you know more in the coming days detailing the specific arrangements for the facilities you use.

“As you may expect not everything will be open to begin with but this will be under regular review taking account of government guidance, liaison with our stakeholders and customer feedback.

“You will see that we have worked tirelessly with our team of experts to introduce new measures and procedures to make your visit to us as safe as possible.

“So things may be a little different, please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with some of the changes at http://www.acleisure.com/comeback

“You will find many FAQs which may help answer any questions you have, if it doesn’t, please keep checking back as we are regularly updating this page as we get closer to reopening.”

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