This is what to expect at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre as it reopens
The Meres leisure centre reopened today (Monday) - although its swimming pools are to remain closed.
The leisure centre, in Trent Road, is operated on behalf of South Kesteven District Council by 1Life, which says it has used the period of closure as an opportunity to "upskill, upgrade and redefine its health and safety procedures as well as its operating standards to ensure social distancing and hygiene is at the highest levels".
The operator said changes within the facilities mean that it is safe for people to exercise at a safe distance to other exercisers, while cleaning schedules have been increased and 1Life staff will be carrying out cleaning routines each hour. Increased sanitisation stations have been installed.
There will be signs guiding members on how to act safely and responsibly, similar to the signs used in supermarkets, and equipment may be marked as ‘out of use’ or spaced further apart to comply with social distancing rules.
Swimming pools, changing rooms and showers will be temporally unavailable, and follow at a later point in a phased approach to re-opening to ensure customer and staff safety, meaning that members are asked to arrive on site wearing the appropriate clothing to be active.
Members and customers will be asked to book onto specific exercise slots and sessions via the 1Life app, website or by calling the centre direct. This ensures that the capacity is at appropriate levels and there is adequate time to clean and sanitise the facilities between exercise sessions.
1Life is also hosting an increased group exercise timetable, offering more people more opportunities to exercise throughout the day with both on site virtual and instructor lead classes available.
Staff will have access to a range of PPE equipment from gloves, face masks and visors. The temporary measures will be adapted as and when government advice changes throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Mark Braithwaite, CEO of 1Life, said he wants to reassure members and users of the facility that they will be safe.
He said: “We are naturally very excited to be re-opening, but we are not doing this lightly. We have used the last 17 plus weeks to up skill, re-educate and re-train our teams on the very latest advice and procedures to ensure a safe service and operation. As the Government and public health experts ease the current restrictions, we want to ensure that members and users feel comfortable and safe using our facilities.”