Safety first as more council facilities re-open across North Lincolnshire

Council News
13:14, Friday, 9th April 2021

More council facilities are set to re-open their doors across North Lincolnshire next week with safety measures in place, as restrictions are gradually eased.

From 12 April 2021 the second step of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown comes into effect, with leisure centres in North Lincolnshire and other facilities welcoming back customers.

Keeping visitors and staff safe is the first priority, with comprehensive Covid-secure measures introduced. Sanitising stations have been added, with spaces reconfigured to allow a safe distance between equipment. The cleaning of buildings and equipment has been increased to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene

All North Lincs Active leisure facilities – The Pods, Ancholme Leisure Centre, Axholme North Leisure Centre, Baysgarth Community Hub, Epworth Leisure Centre, Riddings Community Hub and Winterton Gym will open on 12 April, with people able to enjoy the gym, swimming and outdoor group fitness classes, with some restrictions. Please visit our website for more information of what’s on offer at your local facility.

Customers can also take advantage of special re-opening offers. Discounted rates on pay as you go gym sessions make it even easier for residents to kickstart their fitness for less. Joining fees have also been waived on Active Swim, Fitness+, Young Person or Junior Direct Debit packages, saving customers a further £20.

Golfers have already been welcomed back to the fairway of Normanby Hall Golf Course. Already considered one of the best municipal courses in the country, the course continues to go from strength to strength, with recent investments including the installation of a new 3-bay driving practice range and further improvements to the tees, paths and bar area. To find out more about the facilities at Normanby Hall Golf Course, visit our website.

Other facilities are also making a welcome return. All non-essential traders at St John’s Market will re-open on Tuesday 13 April at 8am, offering customers a fantastic choice of fresh produce, clothes, household items, gifts and much more! The Café and food outlets on the first floor will continue to operate a takeaway service but customers can also take advantage and order for delivery with late night opening until 8.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Community Hubs across North Lincolnshire remain open to support residents who need a helping hand, with information, advice and guidance. All hub sites feature a library as well as the use of public computers and provide printing and scanning services. Look out for the programme of health and wellbeing activities at your local hub.

From 12 April, people will be able to visit the hubs to browse for books, with visitor numbers monitored to ensure safety. Ready Reads, the popular click and collect book loan scheme, will remain in place, along with the thousands of e-books available through BorrowBox, ensuring customers have the flexibility to chose how they want to access their reads.

North Lincolnshire’s Adult Education and Community Learning service continues to support hundreds of learners to earn qualifications. With courses taking place online and in socially distanced classrooms and covering everything from English and dementia awareness to cooking on a budget, there has never been a better time to learn a new skill. Find the full list of courses on the North Lincolnshire Adult Education and Community Learning website.

Among the area’s cultural sites, annual membership holders are able to explore the stunning 300 acres at Normanby Hall Country Park. The Gift Shop and campsite both re-open on 12 April, when a takeaway service will also launch from the Stableyard Café.

North Lincolnshire Museum and the galleries at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre both remain closed currently, though wedding parties and guests are still able to access the Wedding Room at the Arts Centre.

Visitors are still able to go behind the scenes at the venues, taking a virtual tour to explore the latest exhibitions, including the fascinating stories of historic maps in the Museum’s ‘Colours Beneath Your Feet’. Take the virtual tour of the museum here, and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre here.

People are asked to stick to social distancing guidelines when visiting the facilities to keep themselves, their families and the wider community safe.

For local advice and guidance and more information on how council services are affected by Covid-19, visit our website.