Council details plans for phased reopening of leisure facilities

Fri, 24/07/2020 - 13:44 -- Editor

Council has agreed to a phased reopening of its leisure centres. 

Elected members of Council this week agreed to reopen leisure centres at Foyle Arena, Templemore Sports Complex, Riversdale Leisure Centre and Derg Valley Leisure Centre from Friday 07 August, subject to Government regulations, and for gym and classes only.

Please note that a booking system is in place from Friday 31 July via the website at

There will be limited capacity and bookings must be made in advance. There will be staggered start and end times and all sessions will last for less than 60 minutes. Users must arrive ‘gym ready’ as shower and changing room facilities will be closed. Vending machines will be operational but on-site cafes remain closed and drinking water stations will be placed out of use so users are advised to bring their own drinking water. Users will be required to sanitise on arrival and departure and to adhere to strict social distancing measures.

Swimming – Plans are in place to possibly reopen swimming facilities at the end of August. This is under regular review and subject to Government and Health regulations.

Other leisure centres - Tier two leisure centre facilities at Brooke Park, City Baths, Melvin and Bishop’s Field will remain closed as effective social distancing is problematic at these sites. They will remain closed under regular review.