Oldham Community Leisure say all health and fitness memberships at its leisure centre facilities will be frozen with immediate effect when they close temporarily during the second national lockdown.
Oldham Leisure Centre, Saddleworth Leisure Centre, Royton Leisure Centre, Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, The Radclyffe Athletics Centre and Failsworth Sports ground will all close at the end of Wednesday (4 November) in line with government regulations, ahead of the lockdown which starts tomorrow (Thursday).
OCL Chief Executive Stuart Lockwood said: "It’s unfortunate that once again, on government instruction, we are obligated to temporarily close all Oldham Active’s Leisure Centres and services. I’m sure you’ll agree that, since re-opening, our offer has been safe and enjoyable.
"We have been delighted to welcome Oldham residents back, but our priority remains the health of our staff, community and customers, and so the news of rising COVID-19 cases makes these closures unavoidable.
"Our thoughts go out to the residents from our local community who’ve been affected by this unprecedented event."
Mr Lockwood added: "As I’m sure you can imagine; our teams are operating at reduced capacity and have been working non-stop. We expect a large volume of enquiries coming in to our centres and we ask that our customers do please bear with us. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
"To every single one of you, a final message to stay safe, healthy and active – we are sure this is temporary and we are looking forward to reopening our doors once again very soon. Take care in these challenging times."
Throughout the pandemic, Oldham Community Leisure has run popular live online classes via its social media platforms, which has helped to keep people fit and motivated during lockdown.
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