We hope you’re keeping well at this difficult time.
We’ve been carefully assessing the Government’s announcements on how sports and leisure venues can reopen. We want to play our part in helping everyone get back to normal through exercise, staying healthy and having fun – and, while we want to reopen quickly we, of course, need to do this in ways which are both safe and financially viable.
At Lee Valley, we’ve kept our green spaces open throughout the crisis and have started opening some leisure activities, but getting all our activities up and running won’t be speedy or straightforward.
The pandemic has had a huge financial impact on Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which owns and runs Lee Valley Athletics Centre. Most of the Authority’s income comes through activities we sell in spring and summer, which have been heavily affected by lockdown. So far we’ve already lost around £3m - a quarter of our expected income this year and, like so many other leisure organisations, we need to reopen carefully, responsibly and safely in a staged way to build back up to providing visitors with their favourite activities and to make sure we’re here for you long term.
Outdoor training for a small number of UK Sport funded elite athletes and coaches began at the end of June and the outdoor facilities opened up to pre-booked sessions for the general public.
We're reopening our gym and indoor areas from 17 August for limited use and then possibly expand that in September. If you have a gym membership, we're looking at restarting memberships from 4 September. You'll receive emails confirming the date soon.
Through the closure, our team has been deep cleaning the whole venue and working out how we can reopen and sustainably cope with social distancing itself and the lower capacities which social distancing will demand. We’ve been assessing how each part of our programme operates and how we can continue to keep visitors, coaches and staff safe, which will remain our number one priority.
We stress that much of this is subject to the changes we’re putting in place having the effect we hope, particularly in terms of social distancing.
When the time comes to visit you’ll see some changes. Our staff may be wearing face masks, we may have changed our entrances and exits, you may have to queue, you’ll have to pre-book everything, we’ll be providing hand cleansing stations and, of course, you must practice social distancing.
We want you back as soon as we can. Visitors are what we’re here for – we can’t wait to see you all again, so please bear with us.