Sports Centre may reopen

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An empty car park at Rye Sports Centre is now old news as thankfully it is now back open again.

Many have been asking and wondering when Freedom Leisure, the operators of Rye Sports Centre on behalf of Rother District Council, will be opening their doors once again. According to their website, staff are returning to work on July 17 to make final preparations for the phased reopening which begins on July 25. A recent statement from their managing director reads:

“We are delighted to be reopening some of our centres in England on 25 July and are working closely with all of our local authority partners to establish which sites we can open on the 25 July or soon thereafter. We await Welsh government advice on the opening date of centres in Wales.

“Although not all our centres will open straightaway, we have worked hard to ensure that our centres provide a safe environment for customers to return. This includes changes to activity programmes and the introduction of compulsory booking systems to support the requirement to manage capacity, adhere to social distancing measures, and provide ample time to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness.

“There will be timed sessions available to book for both the gym and the pool in addition to group exercise classes. The programme of classes and swimming timetables will change and these will be available on your local centre website very soon. There will also be a timetable for booking gym sessions. The booking process will also be published at the same time.

“To support the crucial “test and trace” protocol we will be collecting contact details for all customers for whom we don’t have information and checking the accuracy of those that we do. Please help us with this and also take the opportunity to sign up to receive updates and information from your local centre so you stay up to date as we move through the next few months when things will inevitably change. We look forward to seeing you soon.”

However no information could be found at the centre mid-week or on the Rother District Council website – so it is “wait and see” for the moment.

Image Credits: Nick Forman .

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