NMD Council Set To Re-open Gyms In Phased Approach

Gyms Begin to Reopen in First Step of Phased Approach to the Reopening of Leisure Centres.

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Gyms Begin to Reopen in First Step of Phased Approach to the Reopening of Leisure Centres.

A council spokesperson said that designated Newry Mourne and Down District Council leisure centres will begin reopening their gym facilities on a restricted basis and phased approach from Monday 20 July. 

Newry Leisure Centre, Down Leisure Centre and Kilkeel Leisure Centre will reopen in the first phase from 20 July with gym facilities only, following recent announcements from the Northern Ireland Executive.

Time to get back into training again soon: NMD Council is re-opening three of its gyms to begin with – Downpatrick, Newry and Kilkeel.

Services will be expanded to include a reduced class programme from 7 August, with public access to swimming pools considered in late August.

For user safety an enhanced cleaning regime will be in place. There will also be clear guidelines about cleanliness and reminders of personal responsibility throughout the facilities.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin said she was delighted leisure facilities were starting to reopen and highlighted that there would some changes to help keep people safe.

Cllr Devlin added: “We have been working hard to ensure that we open our leisure centres in the safest way possible, taking a step by step approach to ensure your safety,” she said.

“We aim to accommodate as many people as possible, but we need to ensure that we also adhere to government guidelines. We are working hard to provide you with the best service we can in a safe and welcoming environment. We want you to again Be Active but also Be Safe.”

In advance of reopening, there will be further information provided on safety guidance to be aware of before attending as well as guidance on how to book a gym slot in advance.

Please keep an eye on the Council website and social media channels for these details in the coming weeks.