LEISURE centres in Kidderminster and Bewdley will reopen their doors next month.

Following the government's announcement earlier this month to allow indoor gyms to reopen, Places Leisure has confirmed August open dates for Wyre Forest and Bewdley Leisure Centres.

Wyre Forest Leisure Centre will open its doors on Friday, August 7 and Bewdley Leisure Centre on Monday, August 24.

Both closed their doors in March in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and since then Places Leisure has been taking advice from Public Health England, following government guidelines and consulting with their trade body ukactive to make sure new measures are in place to reopen the centres safely.

Changes will include an increased cleaning schedule and signage to make sure visitors are following social distancing guidelines, aware of reduced activity capacities and know the locations of hand sanitizing and cleaning stations.

To help with social distancing, customers are being asked to pre-book sessions on the Places Locker mobile app or website when they reopen.

Members will be able to start booking for sessions 14 days in advance.

Stuart Booton, manager of Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, said: “It’s exciting to be inviting customers back into the centre from August 7.

"We are eager to help everyone back into their fitness routines in a safe and considered way. I would urge customers to visit our website before they arrive – it will list the new opening times, activities available and details of how customers can book onto each activity.

"We cannot wait to welcome our colleagues and customers back.”

Councillor Helen Dyke, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “We’re delighted Wyre Forest Leisure Centre and Bewdley Leisure Centre are reopening next month.

"We understand the important role the centres play in the community especially when it comes to improving people’s health, fitness and wellbeing.

“If you plan on visiting please make sure you follow the clear guidelines in place to make sure everyone stays safe.”