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Leisure service changes due to new restrictions

Our leisure centres will be closed during national restrictions

Published 9 November 2020
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Following the Government announcement that new national restrictions will be introduced from today (5 November), Wiltshire Council has confirmed how this will affect its leisure services.

From 5 November Wiltshire Council's leisure centres (including gyms and swimming pools), and those operated on their behalf by Places Leisure, have now closed temporarily.

Calne Community Campus was due to open this week following its extensive improvement works, but this will now open at a later date.  

All those customers at a Wiltshire Council leisure centre with a membership will have that automatically frozen, at no cost, for one month. This means that any direct debit member with a payment due to be processed on Thursday 5 November, will not have money taken.  

Leisure members will be kept updated with more information.

The following sports and physical activity programmes will also not take place temporarily after 4 November, but participants will stay connected through a number of ways:

  • Active Health - there will be a virtual 1-2-1 exercise session for customers to motivate them through the restrictions, virtual classes for specialist classes and circuits. Customers will be kept in touch via email and phone.
  • Get Wiltshire Walking - Get Wiltshire Walking will be staying connected via their weekly newsletter and vulnerable walkers and walk leaders will be phoned
  • Running - the virtual running programme will continue -  couch to 5Km and top tips advice on running and progressing running
  • StreetGames, Healthier Communities, Walking Sports and Ability Sports- a virtual offer will be put in place to replace these programmes along with downloadable activity packs and a list of online resources enabling residents to be physically mentally active at home. 

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said:

 We are very sorry to have to close these buildings and change these services again, but we have to do what we can to protect the health of our residents.

We hope we can get these services back to how they were as soon as possible. If we all play our part and follow the guidance, then we should all be able to enjoy our great range of activities again very soon.

If people have any queries they should please contact their local centre directly, via email, through Facebook or by phone. All contact details can be found at COVID-19 leisure page

For information about Places Leisure centres people should visit Places Leisure re-opening information hub

The council will also be refreshing the Active Communities web page where people will be able to continue to access information about keeping active both mentally and physically. More information and resources can be found at Active Communities

Published 9 November 2020
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