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Leisure centres in Sudbury and Hadleigh prepare for phased re-opening this month as coronavirus lockdown eases

Leisure centres across Babergh, including the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury and Hadleigh Pool and Leisure, will follow a phased reopening from July 27.

Abbeycroft Leisure announced this week it is preparing for a phased return of activities, with plans for guiding its members through the new ways they will be using the leisure centre space.

The leisure centres will be cashless and customers will need contactless payment for purchases at reception and the cafés.

Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sept 2012. (38653078)
Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sept 2012. (38653078)

All users will also need to be registered and pre-book their sessions, while members will receive an update explaining that their membership, which was frozen when the coronavirus lockdown began, will be restarted only when they are ready to come back.

Warren Smyth, chief executive of Abbeycroft Leisure, said: “Our aim is to welcome everyone back safely and in accordance with the guidance.

“The phased reopening means not everything will be open to begin with, but we will be working closely with customers to keep this under review.”

Derek Davis, cabinet member for communities at Babergh District Council, said: “While leisure staff have done a great job in supporting customers to exercise at home during the temporary closure, this announcement is obviously welcome and will support the longer term health and recovery of our communities.”

For further information about the specific opening dates, times and activities at each facility, go online to www.acleisure.com/comeback.

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