All leisure centres in Gwynedd to close due to Coronavirus
All of Gwynedd’s council run leisure centres are to close this afternoon (March 19) due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Until April 2019, Gwynedd Council operated 12 leisure centres before setting up an arm’s length company, Byw’n Iach (Living Healthily), which was expected to achieve savings of around £585,000 a year thanks to a changed tax status, while not having an adverse effect on leisure provision nor staff.
But in a statement this afternoon, the company confirmed that the move will affect the centres at Bala, Bangor, Arfon Leisure and Tennis Centre, two in Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Tywyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Pwllheli, Dolgellau, Barmouth, Bethesda and Penygroes.
“In line with recent developments and in consultation with Gwynedd Council, the decision has been made to close the Byw’n Iach centres for all sports, leisure and fitness activities across Gwynedd from 5pm (17:00) on Thursday 19/03 until further notice.
“The safety and wellbeing of our customers, staff and all those that use the centres is of paramount importance to us and we appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
“Those customers with monthly Direct Debit memberships will have their membership automatically frozen from today. You do not need to do anything. Payment will not be taken on the 1st of April. Your membership will be reactivated when the centres reopen and services become available again.
“For those with annual tickets, additional time will be added to your membership when we reopen, to reflect for the time the centre is closed.”
It added: “Our centres are also used by a range of partner organisations such as libraries and child care providers.
We are currently working with those organisations to ensure that we are able to maintain access for as long as those services are required.
“We will encourage our partners to update their users directly.
“We will continue to keep you updated on the situation through our usual communication channels.
“Take care over the coming weeks and many thanks for your patience and support.”
By Gareth Williams – Local Democracy Reporter
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