Sport and leisure back on the agendaPosted by: Richard Abbey
As part of further easing of lockdown measure, Sheffield City Council is preparing to re-open a number of its sport, exercise and leisure facilities from 25 July.
The council is developing a reopening strategy that prioritises the needs of residents and that will ensure wherever someone lives in the city they will be able to take part in some form of wellbeing activity.
Greater use of Sheffield’s parks and open spaces will be encouraged throughout the summer and early autumn, as well as working closely with leisure partners to provide digital sessions for those residents who are unable to get out or feel more comfortable exercising at home for the time being.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Whilst it's great news for the city's leisure and fitness providers, and for the wellbeing of our residents, the reopening of gyms and leisure centres presents many challenges to overcome.
“Protecting our vulnerable and reducing the spread of coronavirus is our utmost priority, as well as the health and safety of staff and the public.
"We’re working closely with our leisure providers and partners to make sure the necessary safety measures are in place before facilities reopen, but some specific issues mean that not all will reopen from 25 July. Activities will be limited and of course things will be different, but we’re prioritising efforts to make sure people in all areas of the city have access to some facilities.
“Sport, exercise and leisure provide significant benefits for mental and physical health, which is crucial at this time. In line with national guidance, we’ll continue supporting Sheffield's leisure operators, to encourage the safe and strong recovery of the sector, but further support from the Government is vital.
“We’ll continue working with national bodies such as Sport England and UK Active. We wholly support them in highlighting the practical and financial issues associated with reopening, and back their actions to lobby for more support nationally.”
More information will be shared relating to the reopening of public leisure and fitness venues in Sheffield on the providers’ websites. Visit Sheffield City Trust and Places Leisure for updates.