Following the latest government update outlining the roadmap to eased restrictions our team have taken time to fully understand how LED Community Leisure facilities can safely re-open. We would like to thank our members and staff for their continued support and patience during this period.
Please see below outline of the Government’s re-opening roadmap and key dates for LED members.
COVID-19 Update: Re-Opening Roadmap Announcement
On Tuesday 22nd February Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the Government’s “cautious” four-step plan to lift the Coronavirus lockdown. The Prime Minister stressed that timelines associated with each step are still indicative, and the nation’s ability to move on to any future stage in the exit plan will therefore be contingent on meeting the following criteria:
1. The Coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan;
2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment;
3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions;
4. New variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that the first stage of easing restrictions will take place across the whole of England, due to the current uniform spread of the virus.
Coronavirus Exit Plan Announcement
The Prime Minister has announced the roadmap for reopening society and confirmed a phased approach to reopening, with gyms and leisure centres able to reopen from 12th April at the earliest. Each of these steps are subject to review.
The key dates for LED members within this timeline are below (dates given earliest possible):
- 29th March: Outdoor sports facilities to reopen – these facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and swimming pools, can be used by people in line with the wider social contact limits. Formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can also restart and will not be subject to the gathering limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies.
- 12th April: Indoor gyms and leisure centres and spas to reopen (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3) for individual use or within household groups – no indoor sport or group exercise classes allowed. All children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance. Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors.
- 17th May: Adult Indoor group sports and exercise classes, will be allowed to resume. Saunas and steam rooms within spas and indoor leisure facilities will also be able to reopen.
*The above timeline is subject to the four tests outlined above as well as agreement between LED and EDDC.
Centre Safety upon Re-Opening
LED Community Leisure facilities will continue to run with appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures in accordance with UK Active guidelines. This includes use of our gyms, swimming pools, group exercise classes and court bookings at our centres.
Before visiting a LED Centre please ensure you have read the latest centre safety information for your activities so you can stay safe and enjoy your time. The above government guidelines provide no suggestion that access to LED facilities will be restricted to vaccinated members.
Please see details of your direct debit collection below. For any queries please contact us here.
- Members with collection dates of 1st and 28th (Collected in January) – If your membership subscription was collected in the month of January you will receive a credit for 1 month upon reopening*.
- Members with collection dates of 14th and 15th (Not collected in January) – We did not collect your membership subscription in January so your direct debit will restart upon reopening*.
- Members with an annual membership – will receive a credit of the number of weeks we remain closed added to their membership.
*We will contact all members ahead of reopening to ascertain if you wish your membership to be reactivated. The other options will be to remain suspended if, for example, you have not yet been vaccinated and are in a ‘high risk’ group and are still shielding, or if the activities that you use the most have not yet restarted. You could also keep your membership on suspend and attend as a casual, ‘Pay as You Go’ customer until all activities are fully restarted.
Members resident in South Somerset have already been advised that their membership will transfer to Freedom Leisure from the 1st April, and of the alternative options available. Further information will follow from LED and Freedom Leisure over the coming weeks.