We are set to reopen our sports centre in Hoo to customers from Saturday, 15 August.
Medway Park and Strood Sports Centre were reopened on 25 July, as part of the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.
Hoo Sports Centres remained closed while its car park was used as a coronavirus testing site. Medway Sport staff are busy preparing to welcome customers back to the gym and pool at the sports centre in Main Road, Hoo. Exercise classes are not currently available at Hoo, but can be booked at Medway Park and Strood Sports Centre. Table tennis will be available at Hoo.
Customers must book in advance
All customers wishing to visit Hoo Sports Centres from 15 August must pre-book and pay for the session online in advance. The new booking system has been working well at Medway Park and Strood Sports Centre, limiting the number of visitors and enabling customers to social distance.
It is one of a number of new measures Medway Council has put in place at its sports centres to keep both visitors and staff safe. Medway Sport customers will also find screens have been installed in the reception areas, one-way systems are in place and regular cleaning is being carried out to stop the spread of the virus.
Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased residents living in or near the Hoo Peninsula will once again be able to enjoy the facilities available to them at Hoo Sports Centre. The reopening of both Medway Park and Strood Sports Centre have gone very well, with both customers and staff adapting well to the new social distancing measures in place. The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our priority and the new measures are in place to ensure our customers are able to enjoy our sports centres safely.”
Splashes Sports Centre in Rainham remains closed whilst it undergoes a £5million redevelopment – the improvement works were approved at Full Council on 16 July.
NHS Test and Trace
When booking sessions visitors to Medway’s sports centres will be asked to supply their name, email, phone number and postcode. These details will be kept for 21 days and will be handed to the National NHS Test and Trace system if needed, as part of the government’s response to stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives.