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K2 Crawley forced to shut as flash flood creates hazardous conditions

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K2 Crawley has had to close its doors this morning as torrential rain caused flooding in pipe work overhead that flooded into the centre.

With the worry of electrical fire caused by the water it was deemed unsafe to open the centre to the public.

West Sussex Fire service were called sending two crews to deal with the incident.

Staff could be seen trying to mop up large patches of settled water from the flooding. Some customers unable to use the centre were making the most of using the on-site cafe while the incident was dealt with.

A rare sight of the K2 Crawley car park during normal operating hours.

Stuart Mills, area contract manager at Everyone Active, said:

“I can confirm that K2 Crawley Leisure Centre experienced a water leak this morning, resulting in the need to close the centre today. (Tuesday 24 September).

“We currently working to fix the issues and expect to open as normal later today.

“I would urge our members to check social media for any updates and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Latest reports suggest that they are trying to reopen the centre around lunchtime but that visitors should keep an eye on their social media for confirmation of when it is back open.

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K2 Crawley to stay open ‘until the government advises otherwise’

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While the news has been a constant stream of closures some residents will find it comforting to know that K2 Crawley and the Bewbush Centre, both run by Everyone Active, are to remain open as long as possible.

But certain measures are being taken to minimise any spread. These include:

  • Reducing group exercise classes to 50% capacity to allow social distancing.
  • Classes to finish 10-15 minutes earlier to allow for thorough cleaning of equipment.
  • Staff to make regular health, safety and cleanliness checks.
  • Increase supply of anti-bacterial soap, hand and surface anti-bacterial spray and paper towels.

Stuart Mills, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said:

“At present, our Everyone Active centres in Crawley remain open until the government advises otherwise.

“Certain changes are being implemented including reducing our group exercise classes to 50% capacity in line with Public Health England guidance regarding social distancing. Classes will also finish 10-15 minutes earlier than usual to allow for thorough cleaning of equipment between sessions.

“Colleagues are also carrying out regular health, safety and cleanliness checks and are ensuring all touch-point surfaces are cleaned regularly. We are also increasing our supply of anti-bacterial soap, hand and surface anti-bacterial spray, and paper towels available within our gyms and are asking all customers to wipe down any equipment they have used.

“We would also like to assure our members that it is safe to continue swimming. Advice from PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) shows that the water and chlorine within the swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

“As per the latest advice from Public Health England, if members are showing signs or symptoms of coronavirus, we would ask that they do not attend the centre. However, remaining healthy and active is important now more than ever. With this in mind, we are still encouraging our members to keep to their usual routine but remain extra vigilant with their cleanliness and keep up to date with the latest government advice on coronavirus.

“For more information, please visit: https://www.everyoneactive.com/coronavirus/

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