CHARGING of monthly leisure centre membership fees has been suspended in the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council area because of the coronavirus crisis.
A Council spokesperson said: “The Council’s leisure centres are currently open, however due to the uncertainty around COVID-19, monthly MORE membership fees will not be charged until further notice.
“MORE members can continue to use the leisure centres and facilities.”
Meanwhile, the Council said they are following expert government advice in response to the public health situation surrounding COVID-19.
The Council is pro-actively planning for a number of contingency measures that may be required.
The Chief Executive met with the leaders of the political parties represented on the Council today and it was agreed that they will meet on a daily basis to review the situation.
The Council spokesperson added: “The Council is adhering to all advice and guidance issued by the Government, Public Health Agency and Department for Health and will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, and will make any changes as deemed necessary by relevant authorities.
“We would urge all residents to follow the expert advice on stopping the spread of COVID-19 and take all necessary precautions particularly regarding self-isolation and vulnerable groups.
“As part of Council efforts to contain the virus, additional hand sanitizers and hand washing guidance posters are in place in all public areas of Council buildings and facilities.
“The Council is also offering all employees support and advice, and is providing them with regular updates and information via text, email and on-site and on-line notices.
“The Council is considering how we can support the community to help people who are vulnerable and isolated.”
The Council said their actions are subject to ongoing Public Health Agency advice which can be accessed via https://www.publichealth.hscni.net or via a link hosted on the Council website.
“All Council facilities remain open, and the Council’s core events programme is unchanged. We will of course endeavour to notify those attending third-party events at council facilities if these are not going ahead via social media platforms,” the spokesman added.