Baypoint Club Sandwich reopens to members as UK unites for Fit Together

Baypoint Club Sandwich reopens to members as UK unites for Fit Together

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Baypoint Club Sandwich has today announced it has reopened to visitors and members after its forced closure due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

The Club reopened its doors alongside many others across the country who have joined the Fit Together campaign to encourage people to get moving together again.

Baypoint Club would like to encourage its members, customers and people wishing to become members, that they are welcome to attend from today, but is asking for patience as there will be some temporary changes and restrictions.

The Fit Together campaign is based on the Government’s guidelines for reopening, which were supported by fitness trade body ukactive and approved by independent scientific advisors.

The reopening followed government and public health guidance to make sure that when people return to the facility to be active, they can do so in a safe environment.

There will be signs guiding members on how to act safely and responsibly, similar to the signs used in supermarkets, and equipment may be marked as ‘out of use’ or spaced further apart to comply with social distancing rules.

Changing rooms and showers will also be temporally unavailable, meaning that members are asked to arrive on site wearing the appropriate clothing to be active.

Along with social distancing restrictions, there will be an increase in the cleaning of equipment and touch points and sanitisation stations will be available, to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

The temporary measures will be adapted as and when government advice changes throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Baypoint wants to reassure members and customers that the facility will be safe, but if they have concerns then staff will be able to explain all the changes when their members and customers return or by phone on 01304 613022 or online

Fitness and leisure facilities were forced to close by the Government on 20 March, meaning that members have been unable to access some of their favourite activities and sports.

As the Government and public health experts ease the current restrictions, Baypoint wants to ensure that members feel comfortable and safe using the facilities in total confidence.

Recent research conducted by Sport England and Savanta ComRes* showed 87% of gym members said they are likely to resume their membership when facilities reopen and 27% of people who are not currently members of gyms said they are likely to join.

Donya Huddlestoine General Manager at Baypoint said: ‘’Our plan is to ensure the site is fully safe for all staff and members. Stickers, signage and sanitiser will be in place to ensure all covid-19 requirements are adhered to. Gaining the confidence of customers and colleagues is of upmost importance, with that in mind the focus will be on being ‘safe’ to open. This will also enable for any new information and updated guidance and feedback from our colleagues and members to be reviewed ahead of each phase’’

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “Fitness and leisure facilities are part of the social fabric of our society, and it’s clear our sector has a vital role to play in our resilience and recovery from COVID-19.

“We know that people have missed being active together in our facilities, and ukactive’s Fit Together campaign shows that customer and staff safety will be our number one priority when they return.

“Reopening our facilities requires a collective responsibility from operators and customers, and we know our members will be proud to use the Fit Together message as the sector unites in its tireless work to keep the nation moving.”

*Polling from Sport England and Savanta ComRes May 2020