Mid Sussex leisure centres due to re-open September 1
At a special council meeting on August 19, approval was given for new operating arrangements so that leisure centres could re-open in the district.
Kings Leisure Centre in East Grinstead, the Dolphin Haywards Heath and the Triangle in Burgess Hill were all given the go-ahead after months of negotiations with Places Leisure, who operate the centres for the council.
“As customers return to the leisure centres, they will notice lots of new measures in place to keep them, and leisure centre staff, safe,” said the council.
“Signage will be in place to help people follow social distancing, there will be hand sanitising and cleaning stations, the number of people taking part in each activity will be reduced and cleaning regimes will be greatly enhanced.”
The district has opened rather later than other areas, which were all given the go-ahead to re-open by the government on July 9. However they have often re-opened on reduced hours or timetables.
At Worthing Leisure Centre, for example, the indoor hall that was primarily used for badminton and basketball has now been converted into a large gym.
South Downs Leisure, which operates four venues in Worthing, has also allowed its Davison site to re-open its badminton courts, but only for half days.
Few classes have yet been added to timetables.