Gyms and indoor pools reopen 25 July

By Millie Cooke

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announced on 8 July that gyms and indoor pools could reopen. Beauty salons, tanning shops and tattooists can reopen in England from Monday 13 July. Outdoor arts performances and club cricket can also resume.

Images above: Outside ‘pods’ and cleaning routine at the Hogarth Club

Hogarth Club

The Hogarth Club on Airedale Avenue will be reopening on Saturday 25 July. A spokesman for the club said:

“As many of you will know, we have been following government guidelines in a phased reopening of the Club, so we have been able to test out our systems week by week. We have reopened Tennis, The Hogarth Clinic, parts of The MediSpa, have provided outdoor classes including Group Cycle and most recently we have opened the Outdoor Gym and The Airedale Bar. We are now SO READY TO REOPEN THE MAIN CLUB”.

During the period of closure the Hogarth Club has built outdoor ‘pods’ on the terrace. With glass screens between dining ‘bubbles’, members and friends will be able to enjoy a drink and al fresco dining, including BBQs, hog roasts, veggie and vegan salads.

Images above: Pool and gym at New Chiswick Pool in Edensor Rd

Chiswick New Pool & Brentford Leisure Centre

Chiswick New Pool and Brentford Leisure Centre have not yet published their timetables for reopening. Run by the same company, Fusion, a spokesperson for Fusion told The Chiswick Calendar:

‘Following the government announcement that leisure centres may reopen, we have been analysing the safety and financial challenges ahead. The Covid crisis has had a huge financial impact on the sector and UKactive have confirmed that projected footfall and income will be significantly down over the next year, whilst operating within the new guidelines.

‘We are working with London Borough of Hounslow to look at the options for a phased return of leisure centre provision, but we do not expect all activities at all facilities to resume immediately. At this stage New Chiswick Pool will not be opening on the 25th July. However, please be assured, we are working closely with London Borough of Hounslow to assess the situation and will bring you news as soon as possible. We know your leisure facilities are really important for your health and well-being and we want them open again as soon as they are safe and viable, so we hope that you will bear with us during this time.

‘As a registered charity, Fusion is supporting the #SaveLeisure campaign launched by Community Leisure UK urging the UK Government to commit circa £800m relief funding to enable the full reopening and recovery of the public leisure sector. Without this dedicated relief fund a third of all public leisure facilities in the UK may not reopen and half will face permanent closure by the end of the year.’

Image above: Virgin Active, Chiswick Park

Virgin Active, Chiswick Park

The Virgin Active gym at Chiswick Park will be reopening on Saturday 25 July.

‘Our clubs are large with spacious studios and equipment zones. This means we’ve been able to adapt our club layouts and class capacities to apply social distancing without compromising your exercise experience in any way.

‘Light, bright and right in the middle of Chiswick Park. Pick a class to try – from rowing to meditation to weightlifting. Take a plunge in the pristine 25m pool. Or leave work behind with a knot-loosening sweat in the sauna’.

Riverside Gym & Health Club

The Riverside Gym & Health Club in Dukes Meadows will also be reopening on Saturday 25 July. Their outside tennis courts are already open.

Dukes Meadows Golf, Ski and Tennis

The facilities at Dukes Meadows Golf, Ski and Tennis are available to the public to book, with no membership required. Various parts of the sports hub are already open – the driving range bays have been open since 25 May. The golf course has been open since Friday 22 May from 8.30am – 7.30pm on weekdays and 8.00am – 7.30pm on weekends.

There is no information on their website about when the rest of their facilites will open, but they are taking bookings for the summer tennis programme.

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