Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-11

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This page last updated on 11 July 2020

Rush Trampoline Parks launches strategy for re-opening on Saturday 1 August despite confusion over whether it can open

RUSH, 1 of the UK's leading trampoline park businesses with parks in High Wycombe and Birmingham has set out its plans for re-opening the business on Saturday, 1 August 2020, despite being overlooked by the Government last night with no indication in its guidance yesterday about whether trampoline parks are included in the businesses that are able to re-open on or after the 25 July 2020.

Phil James, Group Head of Operations, said:- "The Government has completely overlooked our industry with no guidance on whether we are able to re-open. We know that indoor gyms, gymnastic facilities, fitness and dance studios and indoor sports venues and facilities are able to open but there has been no indication as to whether this includes trampoline parks. We know many children are keen to re-visit trampoline parks to exercise and have fun after being at home for many months. We have contacted the Government for clarity however we have been passed to the sports and enquiries team with no response as yet. Rush was 1 of the 1st trampoline parks to voluntarily close its doors due to COVID-19 and the business is struggling due to impacted revenues. It's imperative that the Government provide us with this clarity on when we can re-open so the business has a chance of surviving."

In the meantime, the team at Rush are preparing the business for a possible re-opening on Saturday, 1 August 2020, and will be completely changing the customer experience to ensure customers and staff are safe and can practice safe social distancing.

Rush will be following the International Association of Trampoline Parks's re-opening guidelines and upcoming Government guidance closely and plans to implement a phased re-opening strategy with a number of new measures being introduced following on from a consolation with its staff and customers.

Phil James continued:- "The guidance for gyms is to have 100sq ft per person so with our parks being 30,000sq ft and 35,000sq ft we are preparing for a limited capacity of approximately 80 jumpers per session and up to 80 spectators. We urgently need the Government to release guidance for this."

Rush will also be introducing a huge number of news measures to keep customers and staff safe, but still able to visit and have fun at the parks. Rush recently polled 1,100 of its customers and 79% said they will visit the park once it re-opens and 42% have missed the experience of visiting Rush over the last few months since closure.

Rush will also be offering 200 NHS and key worker families the opportunity to visit the park for free for the first 'session' every day for the 1st 2 months that it will be open as a thank you for the service provided to society throughout the Coronavirus crisis. Commonwealth gymnast Dominic Cunningham will also be re-opening the park with a virtual re-opening ceremony' once a date has been set.

The new re-opening safety measures will include:-

A completely new customer journey throughout the park to ensure social distancing while moving around.

A phased unlocking of the business with significantly reduced capacity and opening hours during each phase.

Temperature checks for all staff.

PPE equipment for all staff.

A contactless sales and drive thru 'checking in' process with online booking only.

An intense 'always on' cleaning schedule including a significant number of hand sanitising stations in the park and enhanced cleaning schedule with a 30 minute break between each jump session.

All customers will be required to watch a remote video in how to use the park safely and practice social distancing and will sign up to a 'pledge' to follow social distance guidelines.

Implementing a new 'age' restriction policy. Children under the age of 4 will not be able to visit the park at all due to the fact they are less able to practice strict social distancing. All children under the age of 12 must have an adult member of their family supervising them at all times. This age 15 and under need to have an adult present with them in the building.

A new 'Social Distance Director' role has been created for each jump session and the member of staff will be ensuring children are following good social distancing in a fun way.

Over 1.5 million jumpers have visited a Rush park over the last 4 years and the business had experienced its best ever February in 2020 with over 22,000 customers in the February half term alone. This week Rush Birmingham won the:- 'Best Family Activity and Entertainment Centre' category at the UK Enterprise Awards.

The 1st phase of Rush re-opening will see the business being open with a significantly reduced capacity. The Rush restaurant will be closed and café will serve snacks and hot and cold drinks only. The soft play centre in the High Wycombe park will also remain closed.

Phil James, said:- "The indoor leisure sector has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and it was absolutely devastating to go from one of our best ever month in February to being closed in March this year. We urgently need clarity from the Government on when we can re-open. By releasing our plans for re-opening, we want our customers to be reassured that Rush will be as safe and clean as possible. While we are lucky in that our trampolines are at least 2m apart and our parks are huge so children can still enjoy Rush safely, we still have a huge challenge in keeping the business afloat and we need our customers to support us when we do re-open to ensure long term viability of the business."

On Merseyside we have a number of attractions like this including a trampoline park Flipout Aintree, directly behind the Racecourse Retail and Business Park who are also waiting for the green light to open. Plus we have many soft play centres, like in Southport, Playtown Southport, Momma's House and others, all are facing huge problems  now.  Playtown Southport said:- "We are NOT and have NO intention of closing Playtown permanently. We have had a couple of messages from people spreading this on Facebook. We can't open as yet due to the government not allowing us to do so, but we want to ASAP and will try our best to. Thank you to everyone for your amazing show of support we really do love each and every 1 of our customers."

 If the lack of clarity continues and no help is given soon, it’s estimated by October 65% of soft plays won’t reopen unless help is given soon. Most of these locations are viable businesses, yet, as with many, the Government is not helping them.  If this issue of help is affecting your business, no matter what it is, please do let us know via emailing us to:-  News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 820 cases and the total number now stand at 288,953, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be
148 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 44,798.

In England, there are a total of 248,895 confirmed cases. North West - total of 43,336 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,458 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,513 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,034 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,196 confirmed cases

► Halton, 691 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,025 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,054 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,852 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,284 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,971 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,200 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 6,729 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 2,938 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,873 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 1,624 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,634 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,529 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,257 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,132 confirmed cases.

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