Reopening dates for swimming pools and leisure centres in your area

Leisure centres and swimming pools have been closed since March 21 when the lockdown kicked in.

But last week the Government announced they can open their doors again on July 25.

However not all centres in Greater Manchester are planning to reopen then, with some opting for a phased approach or still finalising their plans.

Here’s the latest information on when the pools and centres in your area are planning to reopen.

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Bolton

Bolton Community Leisure trust said they’re looking to reopen ‘very soon’ adding: “The safety of our customers and our team is our priority, so we’ve made some changes to our facilities and procedures.”

Details of the changes which will put in place when the centres do reopen can be found here.

Bury

No date has been set for centres in Bury to reopen.

A spokesperson said: “We’re working to open them as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Manchester

A message on the website of Better, the social enterprise which runs Manchester’s leisure centres, says some will reopen on Saturday, July 25, but doesn’t give any information about specific centres.

It adds: “Members will be contacted via email with further information.”

We’ve contacted Manchester council and Better to ask for more details.

Oldham

Leisure centres and swimming pools are gearing up to reopen on Saturday, July 25 – and swimming lessons are also restarting on the same date.

Simon Blair, head of business development at Oldham Leisure, said: “It’s all hands on deck to get things ready.

“On July 25 we will be reopening our gyms, swimming pools and class spaces.

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“Over the last few months we have been doing loads of work to make things safe and compliant with government regulations.

“There are going to be changes. We are expecting everyone to stay a safe distance apart, they’ll be lots of signs up telling people how to behave and there will be loads of sanitising stations.

“Numbers will be reduced and you’ll need to book a space for every session.”

Rochdale

Link4Life, the organisation which runs leisure, arts and heritage in Rochdale, has announced its leisure centres and swimming pools in Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood and Littleborough are also gearing up for a July 25 reopening.

Numbers will be restricted and customers will have to book time slots for gyms and swimming pools.

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In a post on Facebook Link4Life said: “Following the Government announcement on July 9 about the further easing of lockdown, we’re delighted that leisure centres and swimming pools are able to re-open from Saturday, July 25. 

“We will be finalising our work for getting the centres ready for re-opening and we will confirm exact details for our leisure centres very soon.”

More information is available here.

Salford

There’s going to be a phased reopening of leisure centres in Salford.

Worsley will be the first to open its doors on Monday, July 27, although the main swimming pool will remain closed for maintenance.

It will be followed by Irlam and Cadishead on Monday, August 3, Swinton & Pendlebury and Eccles on Monday, August 10, and Broughton on Monday August 17.

Clarendon and Ordsall will open up on Monday August 24, while Salford Sports Village will restart operations at some point in late August, once pitch resurfacing work has been completed.

A statement on the Salford Community Leisure website says: “We’re ready to welcome you back and we’re confident the new procedures we have implemented will enable you to visit safely.

“A visit to the gym will look different. We’ve introduced social distancing guidelines, new cleaning procedures and a booking system, restricting the number of members in our centres at any one time.”

More information is available here.

Stockport

No date has been set for Stockport’s leisure centres to reopen yet.

Stockport council said it expects to make an announcement next week.

Tameside

Fitness fans in Tameside will have to wait a couple of extra days to restart their exercise programme.

Active Tameside has announced its centres will be reopening on Monday July 27, bright and early at 6am.

A statement on the Active Tameside website said: “Over the past month, we have been working hard to make our centres as safe and welcoming as possible and we are getting ready to welcome you all back.

“We are excited to confirm that we will be re-opening our doors at 6am on Monday, July 27.

Swimming pools can reopen from July 25 – but not all of them are
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“When we reopen there will be changes in place, including new timetables, centre opening times and safety measures, to help everyone enjoy their time with us safely! 

“In addition, we will still be providing you with workouts, cooking sessions, arts and crafts and more through social media, our app and our website to help you to live your best life from home, even when we’re back open!

“We are really looking forward to seeing you again and helping you to live your best life…safely!”

Trafford

A spokesman for Trafford Lesiure said it was going to announce its reopening plans on Monday.

In a statement Chief Operating Officer Jo Cherrett said: “Like many other UK-based health and fitness providers, we have been working closely with ukactive and sports governing bodies to formulate a reopening framework, to ensure we base our operational decisions on scientific evidence and guidance.

“We have also reviewed best practice from international markets, where the sector is at different stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. As you would expect, new social distancing measures and a thorough cleaning regime will be in place when we do reopen.

“We are also reviewing the safest and most efficient way to use our facilities, including utilising our outdoor and large indoor spaces. We will communicate all new measures we will be putting in place with you as soon as we have further clarity from the Government.”

Wigan

It’s also going to be a phased reopening in Wigan, starting with Howe Bridge and Robin Park leisure centres on July 25.

They will be followed by Standish Leisure Centre, Leigh Leisure Centre, Ashton Leisure Centre, Wigan Life Centre, Hindley Pool and Central Park on Saturday August 1 and the partial reopening of Hindley Leisure Centre on Saturday, August 8.

In a statement, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, which runs Wigan’s leisure centres, said: “We will be reopening our leisure centres in a phased way during July and early August.

“This is the safest way to ensure we can bring our staff back and deliver the essential training they need before reopening to make your experience as safe as it can be.

“Our members’ safety, as well as that of our employees, is extremely important to us.

“We have assessed all of our leisure centres to provide safe social distancing and new customer routes to ensure people can do this.”

The gym at Hindley Leisure Centre is not reopening initially because it’s not big enough to allow social distancing.

Members can use the gyms at any other centre run by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles.

|Ma Evening Post