More people can enjoy swimming, fitness classes and the gym as a number of Wirral leisure centres increase their capacity from Monday 20th September.
West Kirby Concourse, Europa Pools, Guinea Gap Leisure Centre and Wirral Tennis Centre will be able to welcome more customers while fitness facilities at Leasowe and Oval Leisure Centres will stay at current capacity levels for now.
Woodchurch Leisure Centre will remain as a dedicated vaccination site and the Sports Hall at the Oval Leisure Centre will also continue to be used for vaccinations.
While centres are increasing their capacity there will still be COVID-19 safety advisory notices within leisure sites, asking customers to keep a distance and consider wearing masks in busy areas such as reception - in a bid to help keep customers and staff safe, and centres open.
It will no longer be essential for customers to pre book and pay online before arrival for swimming pools and the gyms, however it is still recommended as it will guarantee a space.
Exercise class capacity will also be increased where possible at these sites, and outdoors where applicable. Classes must still be pre-booked online, at centres or by telephone before the session start time.
Access to sports halls, squash courts, and cafes will follow in the coming weeks.
The Sail Loft Bistro/Restaurant at West Kirby will also be increasing to full occupancy from Monday September 20th alongside catering facilities at the Floral Pavilion.
Chair of the Tourism Communities, Culture and Leisure Committee, Cllr Helen Cameron, said: “I am sure this news will be warmly welcomed by residents, particularly as we move towards winter and options for outdoor exercise become more limited.
“However, the virus has not gone away and for us to be able to successfully sustain a full and unrestricted offer will very much depend on the personal responsibility of those using leisure centre facilities so I would urge all leisure centre users to follow the guidance to help control spread of the virus.
“From our side we will taking extra steps to ensure our centres cleaned and sanitised beyond the already high standard we expect in our centres to ensure our customers are – and feel – as safe as possible during their visits.”
The provision of services will be monitored against all local COVID-19 data, and kept under review on a six-weekly cycle. Sustainability of services has been at the forefront of the authority’s approach to re-mobilisation although business continuity may still be affected due to COVID-19; in the event of localised outbreaks at sites, or staff shortages, operations at sites may have to be suspended.
You can find more info about Wirral leisure centres and Invigor8 membership at wirralleisure.co.uk/
Invigor8 Memberships can be reinstated by telephoning the central leisure team on 0151 606 2010 or email or firstname.lastname@example.org