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Calls for timetable on when leisure centres can reopen

Calls for timetable on when leisure centres can reopen

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:34am 25th June 2020.

There are calls for a timetable on when leisure centre can reopen in Cornwall, after the government gave the green light to other sectors.

Cornwall Council and GLL, a leisure centre provider in the Duchy, have released a joint statement asking for more clarification.

GLL is a charitable social enterprise and not-for-profit organisation that runs 14 Better leisure facilities in 10 towns across Cornwall.

These have all been closed since lockdown in March, resulting in total loss of income for the last three months.

The vast majority of GLL’s 900 staff in Cornwall have been furloughed during that time and are concerned that leisure centres have not yet been given the go-ahead to start welcoming back customers with strict Covid-safe arrangements in place.

As contract partners, GLL and Cornwall Council are working very closely to agree a financially viable way ahead.

"Negotiations have been ongoing for several weeks and a decision on how best to proceed in the current circumstances will be announced in due course.

"GLL and Cornwall Council are in complete agreement about the importance of our leisure centres and want to reassure staff, leisure centre members and the wider public of our commitment to finding a way forward that protects jobs and safeguards Cornwall’s vital public services.

"We hope that residents across Cornwall will return to our leisure centres and take up the huge range of activities on offer as soon as they can be reopened."

Statement from Cornwall Council and GLL

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