Waterfront Leisure, Gillingham, to close due to financial issues related to Covid-19

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A popular recreation center is definitely shutting down due to financial strains from the pandemic.

Waterfront Leisure in Gillingham has been in operation at Pier Road for 20 years.

Waterfront recreation at Gillingham is closing. Photo: Waterfront Leisure website

But after nearly a year without receiving payments from its members, the bosses announced that it could no longer continue.

In a statement, Waterfront Leisure, which included a gym and swimming pool, said: “It is with regret and heavy hearts that we have to inform you that Waterfront Leisure will close permanently with immediate effect.

“Due to the restrictions last year, we found ourselves in a position where we cannot financially operate the gym.

“No payments were taken during the closings and all subscriptions have now been closed as a result of this statement.”

Annual memberships have been adjusted for times of closure and the gymnasium has confirmed that members will be contacted directly regarding their memberships.

The statement added: “We would like to thank each of you for your continued support over the past 20 years.

“We will all miss you and I hope you will stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.”

“All staff are deeply saddened and would like to personally thank you for your continued support during our charity events, personal events and general conversation every day.

“So many friendships have been formed within our Waterfront family, we know that many of you have enjoyed the recreation center not only for your physical well-being, but also for your social and mental well-being.

“We will all miss you and I hope you will stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.”

It is the second center of its kind in Medway that has closed due to the pandemic.

Chatham’s Snodhurst Bottom Park Club closed when England entered a nationwide lockdown.

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Waterfront Leisure has closed due to financial problems caused by Covid-19. Photo: Waterfront Leisure website

Many gym enthusiasts and managers have been in turmoil about the closure of gyms throughout the pandemic.

Gym owner called decision to shut down fitness facility “utter injustice”

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