Borough Leisure Centres Set For Phased Reopening

All visits must be pre-booked with walk-ins not allowed

Local leisure centres will begin a phased reopening from this Saturday (25 July).

The Lillie Road Fitness Centre in Fulham, Hammersmith Fitness and Squash Centre and the Phoenix Fitness Centre in White City, will reopen their doors after what the council says are extensive safety measures.

The water has been tested, the buildings deep-cleaned, ventilation maximised and new Covid-aware signage installed throughout.

As part of the changes, members will not be able to do walk-ins. All visits must be pre-booked online, via an app, or in person in the centres.

The centres will initially be offering gym and fitness classes with swimming sessions (where applicable) available later.

Hammersmith Fitness and Squash
• gym and classes (yoga, Pilates and spinning)
• weekdays, closes at 8pm.

Lillie Road Fitness Centre
• gym and classes (Spinning and outdoor classes)

Phoenix Fitness Centre
• Gym and classes (aerobic based, yoga and Pilates)
• weekdays – closes at 8pm
• swimming pool remains closed – planned reopening for September 2020 in line with government guidance on schools and swimming lessons returning.

“This is brilliant news for the many residents who I’m sure have missed being able to keep as active as normal during the lockdown,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

“We’ve worked closely with GLL who manage the three Better leisure centres for the council, to maximise safety for visitors and we look forward to welcoming them all back this weekend.”

“After nearly four months of lockdown, we are delighted to finally have the green light for reopening our leisure facilities in a phased fashion,” said Jonathan Simons, Partnership Manager, Better.

“Keeping people safe is now a shared responsibility and our top priority. As a leisure operator we will be working in partnership with customers to ensure their visit is safe.

“We recognise that some people may be worried about returning to their local leisure facilities, so we will continue to offer free access to online fitness and exercises classes via our Better app. We look forward to seeing you soon.”

Better leisure members will not be charged for any of the period that centres were closed. They will now be restarted in full at the previous price with UK wide access provided for previous activities included in their membership type. Members will be able to continue to freeze but you must request this via ‘contact us’ form on the Better website.

July 25, 2020