Due to new national restrictions Heartbeat will be closing its doors once again.
A message from our CEO – 30/11/2020
The announcements from the government on Thursday have left us with some very difficult decisions. During our time dealing with COVID-19 this has been, by far, the most difficult decision to make. The whole of Lancashire and Blackpool are now in tier 3 and although gyms and leisure centres are allowed to open this is the government guidance below:
“Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors.”
Heartbeat’s cardiac rehabilitation is a group exercise class. I have looked at the exemptions and we do not fall into any of these categories which means that there is the extremely painful decision that for the next 2 weeks we cannot open our services to our class members. The leisure centres are starting to contact us to say that we cannot access their centres and everything we run at PNE is class based. I am so very disappointed that Lancashire and Blackpool have been put into tier 3 but I am most definitely not the only one.
One positive note is that we have seen that during the most recent lockdown numbers are starting to drop in hospitals and there have been less deaths which is good news that these type of restrictions do work. I really would like us to open but feel that we shouldn’t be trying to change our serves to ‘fit’ with the guidance. If we are moved out of tier 3 we will restart our classes so we will be listening, avidly, to the next set of announcements.
Please take care everyone
Kind regards, Louise Bache, CEO
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