Leisure Centres in Fenland close for the period of lockdown
The area's leisure centres operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Fenland District Council have closed their doors for the second time this year in response to the new four-week lockdown.
It is disappointing for everyone in Fenland that access to leisure facilities is not available as staying active is excellent for your physical and mental health, and also keeping those important social connections.
Freedom Leisure has made a commitment to its customers that they will not lose out financially. Those who pay monthly for a membership or for swimming lessons and have paid already in November will not pay anything until January 2021.
Payments due later in the month will not be collected and the next payment will be in December.
Those with a pre-paid membership will have an additional month added.
A healthy lifestyle is an integral part of the fight against Covid-19 and the closure of leisure centres and swimming pools will impact on activity levels.
Since reopening after the previous lockdown, Fenland’s leisure centres have welcomed lots of people back through their doors, in a Covid-secure setting, and they look forward to December when the doors open once again and everyone can get back to exercise and enjoy some social time in a safe space.
Ivan Horsfall Turner Freedom Leisure managing director said – “Now that the colder weather and darker nights are with us, our centres are more valuable than ever in providing lots of options for people to be active. The centre teams are also frustrated at having to close once more but are really looking forward to getting back to what they do best - making sure all our customers have the best fitness and leisure experience.”
Councillor Sam Clark, Fenland’s portfolio holder for leisure, added: “We understand the closure of our leisure centres will be a disappointment for many, and are aware of the impact this will have on centre members, staff and our communities.
"People have loved being back at their local centre and Freedom staff have been amazing in ensuring that everyone has had a great time, despite the strict Covid measures that have been implemented.
“However, we recognise that these are difficult times and will work with Freedom to reopen our centres as soon as possible so people can get back to their favourite sports and activities once again.”