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Everyone Active to reopen Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre gym but pool will remain shut

Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre in Bishop's Stortford will reopen on Saturday (July 25) to gym users – but swimmers will have to wait a while longer.

The complex, off Rye Street, will resume operations along with its sister site, Hartham Leisure Centre in Hertford, in accordance with the latest Government advice. Leisure swimming and lessons in their pools will begin soon after with a lane booking system in place.

Both East Herts Council-owned centres are managed by Everyone Active, which also runs Leventhorpe Pool & Gym in Sawbridgeworth, Fanshawe Pool & Gym in Ware and Ward Freman Pool in Buntingford. These three venues, which also include school use, will follow on September 1.

Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre. Pic: Vikki Lince (39021649)
Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre. Pic: Vikki Lince (39021649)

This will allow time to refine social distancing measures and mirror the academic year. Members at these sites will be able to use Grange Paddocks and Hartham during the interim.

The resumption comes after a lockdown of almost four months. Dan Humphries, Everyone Active's contract manager, said: "We're very much looking forward to reopening the centres and welcoming back the local community.

"After being closed for nearly four months, this latest announcement from the Government is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaiting. Giving people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their leisure centre will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities.

Everyone Active (39020875)
Everyone Active (39020875)

"We've been overwhelmed with the support we've received from customers during these unprecedented times and we're so grateful. Like many other industries, leisure has been greatly affected by the lockdown.

"Ensuring our colleagues and customers remain safe is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance. We'll be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the centres reopening. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and thanking them for their patience."

Cllr Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing at East Herts Council, said: "We're pleased that residents will be able to use our leisure facilities again and hope that this will help improve both physical and mental wellbeing during such challenging times. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Everyone Active for working with us to keep members and residents safe during these difficult times."

The council is investing £22m in a new leisure centre for Bishop's Stortford. It is being built alongside the current Grange Paddocks facilities, which will be demolished after its completion.

Artist's impression of the new Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre (39021641)
Artist's impression of the new Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre (39021641)

For more information on Everyone Active's safety measures, see https://www.everyoneactive.com/reopeningmeasures/.

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