Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, paid a visit to Wombourne Leisure Centre to see Covid-19 measures since the reopening of gym facilities.
Gavin met with Leisure Centre manager, Karen Stanley, to hear about the challenges of re-opening after the second lockdown ended. The centre has installed a variety of safety measures to ensure that users can return to the gym safely including a one-way system around the equipment, limiting the number of people who can use the gym at any time by creating a booking system and hand sanitising stations across the room.
Due to the pandemic, running machines and other apparatus have been temporarily removed and stored in other rooms. Self-service rooms can now be booked online where you can access a room for a set period.
The centre is now able to rent out the sports pitches to local teams to continue to support grassroots sports. Plans are currently going ahead to modernise the changing room facilities.
Gyms opened back up to the public from December 2 at the end of lockdown, but indoor exercise classes are still banned in tier 3 regions.
Speaking of the visit, Gavin said: "It was great to come to Wombourne Leisure Centre and to see the great work that has been going on to ensure that they can reopen safely. I know that this has been a key issue for so many people to ensure they can continue to keep fit and healthy as we head into the new year. It has been refreshing to see the measures that can give the confidence to users that Wombourne Leisure Centre is fully Covid-19 compliant".