Council confirms Bedford leisure centres won’t reopen on 25 July

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Due to the high local coronavirus infection rate, Fusion Lifestyle and Bedford Borough Council have confirmed that leisure facilities in the Borough will not reopen on Saturday 25 July.

Nationally, gyms are preparing to reopen on Saturday, subject to meeting strict new criteria as indoor facilities are more susceptible to the coronavirus being spread.

Bedford’s infection rate is the 7th highest in the country, and the Borough is awaiting the results of a ‘deep dive’ investigation from Public Health England (PHE) and the Joint Biosecurity Centre.

Read: Bedford to have ‘deep-dive’ investigation into high coronavirus infection rate

Fusion Lifestyle and Bedford Borough Council have been following national guidance regarding the safe reopening of leisure facilities within the Borough during COVID-19.

Since mid-May the Council and Fusion have reopened Mowsbury Golf Club, in line with public health guidance and guidance around safe outdoor sporting activities.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure said, “We know leisure facilities are really important for health and wellbeing and we are working to open again as soon as they are safe and viable, so we hope that you will bear with us during this time.

“The safety of residents, staff and visitors to our leisure facilities is our priority and we are working on plans to reopen when it is safe to do so and in line with national guidance regarding the leisure sector.

“The Bedford Sport Live website is continuing to deliver free, online sports classes including gentle exercise, yoga, Tai Chi, and a range of chair-based exercises at https://bedfordsportlive.crd.co/.

“All of the sessions are gentle, informal and you can take part in as much or as little as you wish.”

This decision will be kept under review. Gym members are encouraged to look for future updates from Fusion Lifestyle.

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