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Government sports centres expand programme with reduced charge

Jul 01, 2020

Government gyms at Les Quennevais and Springfield are reopening this week and an expanded sports programme is available at all Government sports centres now that physical distancing requirements have been reduced to 1 metre.

Islanders can also pre-book low and moderate activity, in line with the guidance on fitness activity contained in Level 2 of the Safe Exit Framework, and charges have been reduced by 75%.  

The Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture with responsibility for Sport, Senator Steve Pallett, has decided that the monthly charge for Active Card membership will be reduced to a quarter of the usual cost for July, in recognition of the limited services and to encourage islanders to be active.

The Operations Manager for the Sport Division, Barclay Harvey, said: “We can only offer lower intensity activity, which means people should be able to comfortably talk and hold a short conversation while exercising. But now that distancing has been reduced to 1 metre, we can now reopen the gyms at Les Quennevais and Springfield and increase the capacity in some of our classes.

“Things are a little different in our centres, and not all activities are available, but for many people it has been a welcome return to the activities they have missed. In general, customers have been responsible in their approach and have followed the guidance.”

Senator Pallett said “I must thank our Operations Team and staff for all their hard work in reopening our public sports centres in Level 2 of the Safe Exit Framework. It’s important for the physical and mental well-being of Active Card members, and other Islanders, that they can visit our centres at the earliest opportunity. But this must happen in a safe way and within current guidelines. To help reduce the cost of underlying health conditions and to improve our population’s quality of life, it’s important to encourage islanders to exercise and I hope the reduced charges will be well-received.”

The following activities are available:

  • Fort Regent Gym (lower intensity)
  • Lower intensity group fitness classes
  • Badminton
  • Short tennis
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Les Quennevais and Springfield Gyms will be reopening their gyms for members from 2 July

Changing rooms, showers, sauna and steam, squash courts, spinning, indoor team sports, the creche and Fort Regent Playzone will remain closed for now.

Barclay Harvey added: “As the Island moves through the Safe Exit Framework we will add to these programmes, subject to guidance from Public Health. It is important that we get things right at every stage, as we all have a responsibility to limit the risk of spreading the virus. The centres have enhanced their hygiene regimes and adapted access arrangements to manage the risk.

“Everyone using our facilities must follow Public Health guidelines to safeguard themselves, other users and our staff from the spread of infection.”

Government of Jersey News Release.

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