Following the recent announcement from the NI Executive, we are delighted to share the latest information on the further reopening of indoor activities and services across our getactiveabc centres from Monday 24 May 2021

Firstly, though, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and patience during this challenging period. As we prepare to welcome you back for some long-awaited for activities, your wellbeing continues to be of our upmost concern and we will continue to work hard to ensure our centres remain a safe environment and review our Covid-19 Safety Operating Procedures in line with the latest Government guidelines. We will continue to keep you informed about services, activities and operations via our E-Newsletter and our social media channels.

For your convenience, we recommend booking your activities and sessions via the getactiveabc app [downloadable from the App Store and Google Play]


Further reopening of swimming commences on 24th May and please view our specific Covid-19 Operating Procedures for Swimming.

LANE SWIMMING – 8 years and over | Advance booking and payment required by app, online or phone

FAMILY SWIMS & NEW SOUTH LAKE KIDS POOL AREA – Normal adult child accompaniment applies | Advance booking and payment required by app, online or phone | Families/bubbles do not need to social distance from each other and can be in same pool space as others but must social distance between themselves and other groups.

Wet area changing will be available.

Swimming clubs can commence from Monday 24th May subject to pool space and time availability at each centre.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Swimming Lessons will not be taking place at this time. We are embarking on a summer swim programme and restarting our swimming lessons in September. Further details will be communicated as soon as possible. 


Our gyms will continue to operate from 24th May as they currently do and please view our specific Covid-19 Operating Procedures for Gyms.

Individual sessions can be booked via the app, online or via telephone.

Advance booking and payment is required.

Changing and showering will be available although we encourage customers to arrive “gym-ready”.

Indoor Fitness Classes

We are delighted to be reopening indoor fitness classes in all our facilities on Mon 24 May. Timetables are being finalised and can be viewed on each facility‘s webpages. Each of our facilties has a unique timetable, with locally chosen classes for members that follow current government guidelines and that offer a choice of workouts to suit a wide variety of fitness needs.

To keep everybody safe and help us manage capacity, members are required to pre-book their space for every class online or via the getactiveabc app.

Changing and showering facilities will be available although we encourage customers to arrive “class-ready”.

We have set up our studios to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

We are cleaning all equipment and allowing adequate time for thorough cleaning between each class. Where possible, we’re locking studios between classes so kit remains sanitised and clean ahead of the next session.

Members will be asked to remain in an individually designated space so that everyone can keep their social distance from other participants, as well as the instructor.

We would also encourage members attending a class to bring and use their own mat and/or equipment, if they would feel more comfortable doing so.


Indoor Racquet Sports

From Mon 24 May racquet sports are available to book at relevant centres and can be played by people from same family bubble. Advance booking and payment required by phone or on line. Singles play is permitted and doubles play only when pairs are from same family bubble.

Advance booking and payment is required by app, phone or online.

Please note that badminton and table tennis are not available at this time at South Lake Leisure Centre due to sports hall capacity.

To make sure you stay safe, courts must be booked in advance via phone.

We’ve set aside 10 minutes between bookings to allow staff to clean all touchpoints and ready the court for the next players.

Spa Facilities

The Health & Wellbeing Suite at South Lake Leisure Centre will reopen from Monday 24th May. The Orchard Leisure Centre’s Relaxation Suite and Banbridge Leisure Centre’s Thermal Suite will not reopen until further notice.

After what has been a stressful time for so many, Health and Wellbeing Suite at South Lake Leisure Centre will give you the opportunity to enjoy some peace and tranquillity and find some all-important headspace.

The Health and Wellbeing Suite will operate as per government close contact guidance and therapists will be given time added onto each treatment in order to fully clean and sanitise the treatment rooms in between appointments.

Sessions will commence on Mon 24th May at 7.30am. Bookings can be made [one-hour sessions], online or via the getactiveabc app or by telephone.

We advise members to wear suitable footwear, [eg. non-slip flip-flops], and wear a towel or robe when moving between the spa facilities and the pool areas of the centre.

Please bring your own sling if using the hoist in our Changing Place facilities.

Cafes, Soft Play & Birthdays

Families will be delighted to hear that our soft play areas will once again be open from 1st June and further details will be forthcoming about our Covid-19 Safety Operating Procedures.

Pre-booking via phone with your chosen centre is required and arrangements will vary across centre.

Birthday parties are currently unavailable in all centres until further notice.

Cafes at Orchard Leisure Centre and South Lake Leisure Centre are recommencing table service from Monday 24th May.

Climbing Wall & Bowling Alley

The indoor climbing wall will continue to operate under current Coid-19 safety guidelines at Gilford Community Centre.

Sessions are to be pre-booked via the website or getactiveabc app.

A clean-down time will be in operation between sessions.

Reduced capacity at the sessions to allow for social distancing and particpants are asked to adhere to current guidelines.

The indoor children’s bowling alley in Dromore Community Centre will open from 1st June. Pre-booking with the centre is required.


Our priority is to keep all our customers safe when visiting all our facilities, therefore customers are requested to wear face coverings and observe social distancing in accordance with Public Health Agency (PHA) guidelines at all times.

We look forward to seeing you back!

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