Local authorities are calling on the Government to provide financial assistance
There are fears that some leisure centres will not reopen unless financial assistance is provided by the Government.
Councils across the South West are asking ministers to approve a funding submission to help local authorities meet the costs of reopening and operating leisure centres across the country.
Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) is a charitable social enterprise which manages some of the leisure services in Cornwall on behalf of Cornwall Council.
From July 25, customers could access gym and fitness classes at GLL’s centres in Bude, Liskeard, Bodmin, St Austell, Newquay, Helston and Truro.
The swimming pools at the St Austell, Newquay and Truro centres have also re-opened.
Ships and Castles Leisure Centre in Falmouth, Launceston Leisure Centre, Saltash Leisure Centre, St Ives Leisure Centre and Wadebridge Leisure Centre have all remained closed since the start of lockdown.
Local councils say centres which have reopened or partially reopened are facing substantial increased costs due to additional Covid-secure measures they have had to put in place, including limiting customer numbers and reduced opening hours.
Some leisure providers are reporting up to 50 per cent drops in income which are predicted to continue into the next two years.
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Original publication 28 August, 2020
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