Wolverhampton’s WV Active leisure centres are preparing to offer indoor activities for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown from this weekend.
Gyms will reopen and classes will be held at WV Active Aldersley, Bilston-Bert Williams and Central from this Saturday (25 July), with the swimming pools at Bilston-Bert Williams and Central available again from Saturday 1 August. Racket sports will also restart on 1 August.
The City of Wolverhampton Council-run centres will open only to existing members until 1 September, and membership fees for existing members will be waived for the month of August as a thank you.
Gym sessions, swim sessions, classes and courts must be booked in advance. Social distancing measures will be in place along with hand sanitising stations and an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the centres.
The number of participants will be limited, no towels will be allowed in gyms and water fountains are unavailable at this time. Customers are asked to use contactless payments where possible, as change will not be available for cash transactions.
The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Environment, Councillor Steve Evans, said: “The WV Active team have been working extremely hard to ensure we can reopen our leisure centres as soon as possible.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our staff and members. We've followed Government and industry guidance and consulted with staff and members on the steps we needed to take to enable our centres to safely reopen.
“We can’t wait to welcome members back to make use of our gyms and classes from this weekend and to enjoy a swim and racket sports from the start of August, and we look forward to seeing them again very soon.”