Caerphilly’s leisure centres to reopen on a phased basis
Posted on : 04 Aug 2020
Following the Welsh Government’s announcement that indoor sports facilities can begin to reopen – Caerphilly County Borough Councils Sport & Leisure Services can now confirm that leisure centres across the county borough will begin to reopen on a phased basis on Tuesday 1st September.
This reopening date has been set to allow time for Sport & Leisure Services staff to transition from their temporary roles of supporting key services throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Since the beginning of lockdown, staff from across the Sport & Leisure Services have played a vital role in the council’s business continuity efforts. These efforts include supporting the Free School Meals programme, supporting the Household Waste Recycling Centres, the Test, Track and Trace programme along with providing facilities to our valued refuse and cleansing teams during their daily collection rounds. This work will also continue over the August period with the delivery of Sport Hwbs for key workers at a number of Leisure Centres.
A comprehensive reopening plan, that will ensure that all necessary guidelines are considered, has been developed and the Leisure Lifestyle team are working hard to ensure our facilities are ready to welcome back our valued customers.
The phased reopening of a select number of facilities has been made to allow for additional staff to work at each site to ensure appropriate cleaning is conducted and customers are supported during their visit. Further Sport & Leisure Services Staff will continue to provide support for the delivery of key services across the county borough such as hubs for key workers and the track and trace process.
The initial reopening of facilities include: Caerphilly, Heolddu, Newbridge & Risca Leisure Centres. The reopening of our other leisure centres will be reconsidered following the initial reopening period and customers are reminded that our various memberships allow you access to use any of our facilities.
There are a number of measures that will be taken to ensure customer safety including (subject to change and not limited too):
- The phased reopening of some leisure centres
- Specific staff training
- Social distancing
- Pre-booked sessions
- Cashless transactions
- One way systems
- Additional cleaning of equipment
- Condensed opening hours (to allow for extra cleaning)
Cllr Nigel George, the Cabinet Member with the responsibility for Environment and Neighbourhood Services commented:
“I am delighted that we can now begin to reopen some of Caerphilly’s leisure centres. Our facilitiesplay a vital role in our communities and their absence has been felt since we temporarily closed our doors in March. We are stepping up our preparations and cannot wait to welcome our valued customers back in the coming weeks!
I am extremely thankful for staff within the Sport & Leisure Services who have continued to support key services across the council throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Their hard work and commitment has not gone unnoticed. We will now begin to phase our staff back into their primary roles of helping to get more people, more active – more often.”
Further details will be announced in the coming weeks of what customers can expect when returning to our leisure centres. For up to date information, please follow the Leisure Lifestyle Facebook page.