Marlborough’s Wiltshire Council owned and run Leisure Centre is planned to re-open soon.
Wiltshire Councillor Nick Fogg asked the Council for an update as numerous other centres around the county either will re-open on 3 August or have a later date set for when their doors open again to the public.
The Council issued the following statement in response to Cllr Fogg’s enquiry:
‘We plan to open Marlborough Leisure Centre at the end of August/beginning of September, and a date will be confirmed once our Covid-19 safety measures have been successfully tested and adjusted through the first tranche of openings.
‘In order to ensure the safety of staff and members while delivering a financially viable service we are phasing the reopening of leisure centres. We prioritised sites for opening based on the following criteria and principles:
- The number of existing members
- The ability to hit the largest volume of population
- The ability for social distancing and one way systems to be put in place
- Test and learn ways to work within the COVID safe guidelines and expand the number of sites with revised learning in place
‘Marlborough is a relatively small centre, and is a more challenging site to open with social distancing measures in place. It requires a lot of movement of equipment from area to area to facilitate both the gym and group exercise, which in turn limits the range of activities that can be reintroduced.’