DCN Responds to Leisure Centres Reopening
July 9 2020
Responding to the Government’s announcement that leisure centres are to reopen from 25 July, Cllr Dan Humphreys, the District Councils Network’s lead member for enhancing quality of life, said:
“It is good news that leisure centres will be allowed to reopen later this month and able to do so safely and responsibly.
“District councils have been calling for government to give our leisure centres a lifeline, to help them survive through the lockdown and we are pleased that this has been heard.
“Councils and leisure providers must now be helped to make sure they have everything they need in place to reopen their facilities safely, including extra financial support to ensure they can continue to stay open and offer the best possible services.
“Leisure and sport will be critical to improving the health of people from all ages and backgrounds as we emerge from this crisis. As destinations in themselves, they also draw people in to town centres creating community spaces and support for local businesses.
“We should now use this opportunity to come together and create a leisure and sport service that plays its full role in the national health and economic recovery.”