THE ORGANISATION which runs the leisure centres and swimming pools across Droitwich, Evesham and Pershore has received more than £288,500 to help it reopen the venues to customers.
The cash to Wychavon Leisure comes from the Government’s National Leisure Recovery Fund, which supports the recovery of publicly owned leisure centres and gyms from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most of them will reopen on April 12 when the next stage of the lockdown easing road map is reached.
Droitwich Lido, which was this week named the sixth best outdoor pool in the UK by Showerstoyou.co.uk, is set to welcome back swimmers on May 1 – one of the earliest times in the year it has opened.
Gyms will also be open as well as racket sports for people in the same household and outdoor classes.
Indoor group exercise classes won’t be available until at least May 17 and health suites, children’s parties and toddler soft play sessions not until at least June 21 when – if all goes to plan – all the restrictions will be lifted by.
Safety measures will remain in place including the wearing of face coverings in communal areas, two-metre social distancing and online pre-booking.
Coun Chris Day, Executive Board Member with responsibility for leisure on Wychavon District Council, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to secure this money which will support Wychavon Leisure as they get ready for reopening on April 12.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on all of us and our leisure centres have an important role to play in helping us get back to an active lifestyle that supports our mental and physical wellbeing.”
Stuart Megarry, Chair of Wychavon Leisure, said: “This is great news for Wychavon Leisure and we would like to thank the council for their support in securing this funding. Our Rivers centres are at the heart of our communities and we look forward to welcoming customers back through our doors.”
Visit www.riversfitness.co.uk/coronavirus for the full list of what activities will be available and when.