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Eight leisure centres across Cornwall are set to reopen

Eight leisure centres across Cornwall are set to reopen

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:39am 16th July 2020.

Eight leisure centres across Cornwall are set to reopen next weekend, as further lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Leisure centre provider GLL and Cornwall Council have welcomed the recent announcement by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP that leisure centres, gyms and pools will be allowed to reopen from July 25th. 

Bosses say the re-opening in Cornwall will be phased for safety reasons – prioritising centres best suited to being Covid-secure in the first instance and then gradually rolling out others.  

From July 25th the following will open: 

  • Bude Leisure Centre – gym and fitness classes only 
  • Liskeard Leisure Centre – gym and fitness classes only 
  • Bodmin Leisure Centre – gym, fitness classes and outdoor tennis only. 
  • St Austell Leisure Centre – gym, fitness classes and swimming pool 
  • Newquay Waterworld – gym, fitness classes and swimming pool 
  • Helston Sports Centre – gym and fitness classes only 
  • Truro Leisure Centre – gym, fitness classes and swimming pool 
  • Newquay Trampoline & Play Park – trampoline area, subject to final review of Covid-safe options. 

Like theatre venues across the country, the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth will remain closed in accordance with government guidelines. 

The following centres will NOT be in the first round of reopening on July 25th: 

  • Ships & Castles Leisure Centre, Falmouth 
  • Launceston Leisure Centre
  • Saltash Leisure Centre
  • St Ives Leisure Centre
  • Wadebridge Leisure Centre

GLL is a charitable social enterprise that employs around 900 staff in Cornwall. The cost of keeping centres in hibernation for four months with no income, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and how services will be delivered, has resulted in a total funding shortfall of around £5m.

Negotiations are continuing to find a solution to what has become a serious financial challenge and, together with local MPs, we have jointly been lobbying Government for a rescue package similar to the one that is now in place for the arts.   

Leisure centres provide an essential public service and we are really looking forward to welcoming customers back. 

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