Leisure centres, gyms and libraries reopen in St Helens
Gyms, leisure centres and libraries reopen today as St Helens heads out of lockdown and into Tier 2 restrictions.
From today (Wednesday), St Helens and the wider region will move out of Tier 3 – the highest alert level of the government’s regional tier system – and into Tier 2.
Gyms and leisure centres were initially ordered to close in October after the Liverpool City Region entered Tier 3 restrictions.
However, this was met by a swift U-Turn from the government following increasing political and public pressure.
But less than a fortnight later they were forced to close as the country entered a national lockdown, amid rising coronavirus rates across the country.
The borough’s libraries, which reopened on a phased basis in the summer, have been closed since October.
This is set to change. Here’s what’s going to be reopening this week.
Gyms and leisure centres
All Go Active sites, so Queens Park Health and Fitness, Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness, Sutton Leisure Centre will reopen today (Wednesday).
This means that fitness suites, swimming pools, outdoor pitches will be available for booking.
Go Active’s full group exercise programme will also be available again.
Parr Fitness centre will reopen, although the main pool and splash pool remain closed.
Direct debit payments for December will be frozen to compensate for the latest closure. Payments will resume from January 1, 2021.
For more information see https://goactive.sthelens.gov.uk/Libraires
St Helens Library, based in the World of Glass, will reopen today (Wednesday).
Chester Lane, Eccleston, Newton-le-Willows and Parr libraries – which are closed on a Wednesday – will reopen on Thursday.
St Helens’ Archives Service, based in The Gamble building, will also be available from this date, will also open on Thursday.
For library opening hours, visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/librariesMarkets
Earlestown Friday Market will be open to all traders under Tier 2 restrictions, with a wide variety of goods on sale.
Traders are spaced at least one stall/position apart to promote social distancing in queues and a one-way system is in place.
Earlestown Saturday Flea Market will remain closed.
All stalls at St Mary’s Market will be open from today. The Saturday craft fair will reopen from December 5.
Chalon Way car boot will remain closed.
For more information, click here: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/culture-sport-leisure/markets/