In line with non-essential shops, hairdressers and barbershops, indoor leisure facilities are set to reopen in Bedford on Monday 12 April.
Robinson Pools & Fitness, Kempston Pool, John Bunyan Sports & Fitness, and Bedford International Athletics Stadium will reopen to the public, joining the facilities already open at Mowsbury Golf Course.
Residents have had a long wait to return to the Borough-run gyms and swimming pools and Fusion Lifestyle were criticised for keeping Bedford leisure centres closed despite the easing of lockdown restrictions last year.
The centres will continue to operate in line with government safety guidelines and those planning to visit will still be required to book and pay online, to ensure contact is minimised at each centre and allowing for the track and trace process to be implemented.
Gym users will be asked to arrive ready to work out, and swimmers with their costumes under their clothes, ready to go.
These measures, combined with meticulous cleaning routines, are designed to keep customers safe and offer complete confidence to use the facilities when they return to the centre.
Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion said: “It feels wonderful to finally be able to reopen our centres again.
“We know the communities local to our facilities can’t wait to kick-start their favourite fitness regimes and our teams across the borough can’t wait to welcome them back.
“We’ve worked hard over the past months to ensure our centres continue to offer the very best facilities and that our customers can return with confidence and safety”
All centres will be open daily and bookings can be made up to seven days in advance, via download of the Fusion Lifestyle app or visit by visiting fusion-lifestyle.com to register and use the online booking facility.