3-1-5 Health Club Lancaster reopens to members as UK unites for Fit Together
3-1-5 Health Club in Lancaster has today announced it has reopened to members after its forced closure due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
The Health 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.
Sean Thornton would like to encourage its members that they are welcome to attend from today. However, 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. This is to make sure that when people return to the facility to be active, they can do so in a safe environment.
Safety within the Club
There will be signs guiding members on how to act safely and responsibly. 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 restricted. Therefore members are asked to arrive on site wearing the appropriate clothing to be active where possible.
Along with social distancing restrictions, there will be an increase in the cleaning of equipment. 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.
A message to Members
Deena Gillan, Club Manager wants to reassure members and customers that the facility will be safe. If they have concerns then staff will be able to explain all the changes when their members and customers return. This can be done by phone on 01524 237315 or on email via: [email protected]
All staff have had full Covid-19 compliance training and refresher First Aid Training in the lead up to the opening. Additionally, all staff have been in the Club to assist with the Deep clean and set up in the final preparations to opening the doors on Saturday.
Fitness and leisure facilities were forced to close by the Government on 20 March. This meant 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, Deena 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. Additionally 27% of people who are not currently members of gyms said they are likely to join.
Sean Thornton, Director and Owner of 3-1-5 said: “We have waited for this day for so long. We are very excited to finally open our doors and welcome back all our members. On behalf of myself and the team we’re delighted to have you all back”.
Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “Fitness and leisure facilities are part of the social fabric of our society. 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. 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. 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