South Tyneside leisure centres to reopen from next week - here's everything you need to know
Bosses have announced that leisure centres in the borough will reopen next week.
South Tyneside Council is preparing to reopen its leisure facilities from Monday, July 27, with social distancing measures in place.
Council-run centres closed in March in line with Government guidance, but in the latest lifting of lockdown measures indoor pools, gyms and other sports facilities can welcome back customers from July 25.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome back leisure customers as we resume our core activities.
“The measures we have put in place support the latest Government guidance around social distancing and good hand hygiene practices.
"However, we do need leisure users to support us by respecting the rules, be responsible and take extra care to help keep themselves, their families and others safe.
“We will be monitoring the situation very closely over the first few weeks and will look to re-introduce other activities as soon as we can.
"We thank our leisure users for their patience, understanding and support at this time.”
What you need to know
Measures are being put in place to ensure visitor numbers comply with government guidance.
All sessions will be time-limited with users required to pre-book.
Additional measures include new signage, hand sanitising points and an enhanced cleaning regime will be in operation.
Cafes, seating areas and toilets will be available for centre users only.
Spectators will not be allowed on site.
Saunas and steam rooms must stay closed in line with guidance and other group-based activities will remain suspended.
To maximise pool space at Haven Point and Hebburn Central, a range of swimming club activities are being relocated to Jarrow Pool.
There will be limited access to changing rooms and showers for swimmers and the hair drying station will be unavailable.
Customers are encouraged to arrive with swim suits under their clothes to keep time in changing areas to a minimum.
Gyms and fitness classes
Gym space has also been overhauled to maintain social distancing.
The gym at Hebburn Central will now be located on the ground floor, while Temple Park will see two distinct areas designed for gym activity.
Users are encouraged to arrive in their sports kit as changing areas and showers will be closed to them at this time.
Sanitiser and wipes will be provided for people to clean equipment before and after use and those attending classes must bring their own mats.
Extra fitness classes are being scheduled due to the limited numbers allowed in each class.
Sessions must be booked in advance, with priority given to those with Multi and Duo memberships and Get Active card holders.
Direct debit payments will not resume until September 1.
Non-members can only book on the same day subject to availability. Contactless payment is preferred.
Bookings will be taken from Saturday, July 25 at:
Haven Point - 0191 424 7800;
Hebburn Central - 0191 424 7801;
Temple Park Centre – 0191 456 9119;
Jarrow Focus – 0191 489 4100;
Monkton Stadium – 0191 489 1283.
For more information visit: www.southtyneside.gov.uk/leisure