Council confirms move to fully reopen Leisure Centres from 7 March 2022

4th March 2022

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has announced that it will be “cautiously” reopening its Leisure Centres with full provision from Monday 7 March 2022 following the removal of restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

This will complete the phased return of all leisure services as restrictions have eased over the last number of months.

That will mean a return to changing with no restrictions, the reopening of health suite facilities including steam rooms and saunas and increased capacity in classes.  While online or phone booking is still available, pre-booking is not required for activities such as swimming and fitness suites. Pre booking is required for Fitness classes.

Welcoming the news, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Errol Thompson said;

“I am pleased that we can confirm this final phase of reopening, leisure users have been very patient as we have made the adjustments needed to continue to reintroduce services safely.

There is however still need for caution as Covid transmission remains high within our community, and while it is great to see that we can begin to enjoy the activities we all love in a more relaxed and familiar environment, I would still encourage visitors to our leisure facilities to exercise personal responsibility by continuing to take all mitigations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 both by respecting other users and our Leisure Centre staff.

Exercise is vitally important for both our mental and physical health and wellbeing, and the full return of leisure services means that more people can access the wide range of classes and activities now available across our centres.

I am grateful to the staff in our leisure facilities who have worked incredibly hard under very difficult circumstances to maintain standards and safeguard the public.”

While the measures are no longer regulated, they are still in guidance and visitors to Council leisure facilities are encouraged to wear masks where possible indoors, sanitise your hands regularly and observe social distancing. Masks are not required when participating in activities. Sanitisation stations will still be available to encourage good hand hygiene.

The changes will apply to all Council facilities including Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown, Castle Park Centre, Lisnaskea, Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure Complex.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council may need to change arrangements at short notice should circumstances change.

You can check out what classes and activities are offered near you and book online or by contracting the individual centres.

For the latest information on individual activities and all Council leisure services, please click on this link.