Council provides update on services at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure Complex

14th August 2020

Update: Please note the swimming pool at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum will not reopen on Monday 24 August 2020.

 

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has provided an update on the status of facilities and programmes now ongoing at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure Complex.

The fitness suites at both facilities reopened on Wednesday 22 July 2020 and so far, have been operating very successfully. They are open to both members and non members subject to availability and within social distance guidelines.

All the equipment is well spaced out to ensure visitors feel safe to enjoy their workout. There is a strict cleaning regime for staff and centre management have expressed their gratitude to the users for wiping down their equipment before and after use.

From Saturday 29 August 2020, weekend reopening at both Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure Complex will return. Also, Omagh Leisure Complex Fitness Suite will open at 7am from 24 August and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum Fitness Suite will open at 7am from Tuesday 1 September.

While pre-booking of classes and access to the fitness suite is necessary, so far places have been available throughout the day.  Bookings can be made 24 hours in advance online or by contacting the venue directly and subject to availability, consecutive sessions may be booked.

Fitness classes have also resumed in the ​sports halls at both centres with ample room to enjoy a workout while still following social distancing protocols. The current programme will continue for the rest of the Summer with a new programme for Autumn starting on Monday 7 September.

Swimming Pools at both Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure ​Complex will reopen on Monday 24 August. Guidance from both Swim Ireland and the Royal Lifesaving Society will be followed to ensure the visitor experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

All customers should come to the pool ‘beach ready’ with their swimming costume under their clothes. Showers will only be available to people to rinse after their swim.  Booking is essential and this can be done any time in the previous 24 hours by going online or contacting the venue directly.

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cllr Chris Smyth said:

“I understand that some people may be slightly reticent about returning to the centres ​after the last number of months.

However, in these difficult times, I recognise that there are many benefits to be obtained from physical exercise and the positive impact it can have on mental health. By following the guidance as laid down by the Northern Ireland Executive, Public Health Agency, and other well-respected industry organisations, every effort has been made to ensure that our leisure facilities are operating safely and the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is our overriding priority.

I am delighted that our leisure pools will shortly reopen to welcome swimmers back to Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure Complex. Swimming is an incredibly popular leisure pursuit enjoyed by people of all ages and I would like to thank ​people for their patience while we put in place procedures to ensure the pools could reopen safely. If you are ​anyway unsure, please feel free to visit the ​centres to see what measures are already in place.”

A ​range of additional measures have been implemented in both centres including hand sanitising stations ​located  throughout the buildings and one way systems to reduce contact as much as possible.

For enquiries and bookings please visit leisure.fermanaghomagh.com/fermanagh-lakeland-forum/ or telephone Fermanagh Lakeland Forum on 028 6632 4121 and for Omagh Leisure Complex visit leisure.fermanaghomagh.com/omagh-leisure-complex/gym-fitness/ or telephone on 028 8224 6711.