Preston's Clip n Climb centre has reopened for covid-safe fun

The thrilling climbing centre is welcoming visitors back in under controlled conditions, including hand sanitising stations, reduced group sizes and social distancing measures.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 3:45 pm
The centre reopened last Saturday

After reopening on July 25, the centre, on the Millennium City Park, has implemented extra measures to ensure that children and families can use the facilities safely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The indoor climbing experience hosts families with children aged four years and over, with over 20 climbing walls and a cafe.

The lockdown has hard-hit many leisure centres across the UK, with manager Dawn Cranney commenting that the closure of Clip n' Climb was a "worrying time" for the business.

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She said: "As a small family run business, the lockdown period has been a worrying time for us. We are extremely happy to be able to open our doors again and welcome our customers back.

"With all our additional measures in place we have been able to re-open safely and we want our customers to feel confident to return and have some good, family fun. We can't wait to see them."

A typical experience at the centre would see a 20 minute induction into using the different equipment, a harness fitting followed by an hour of climbing on one of their 20 walls.

The centre is now operating with markings and signs to guide customers and help them to keep their distance from others whilst running on a smaller capacity of customers.

Signs and markings remind visitors to social distance

"We re-opened with extra measures in place to ensure everyone has a great time whilst being safe. We have reduced capacity on our sessions, have introduced deep cleaning of the centre in between groups and have signage all over the centre to remind people to social distance and sanitise their hands regularly," said Dawn.

"Our new slogan is #ClipClimbClean, encouraging climbers and staff to use alcohol gel on their hands after every climb to keep our walls and themselves clean and Covid-free.

"Our staff all have face coverings but customers are free to wear one if they wish."

Pre-booking online via the centre's website is essential - with sessions running between 9.30am and 6.30pm.

Hand sanitising stations are installed throughout the centre
The centre reopened on July 25 with government guidelines in place.