All outdoor activity providers can reopen from Monday 29 after the third lockdown. Under the unlocking of the lockdown roadmap announced by prime Minister Boris Johnson,outdoor activities such as tennis, golfing and water sports like surfing, SUP, kayaking or coasteering, can open again from Monday March 29. While clubhouses, bars and indoor facilities will still remain shut until a later phase of the roadmap, tennis clubs, golf courses and water sport providers have all put some hard graft in to make sure they are ready.
Rob Barber, owner of the Newquay Activity Centre, which overlooks Towan Beach, said he anticipates the coming tourist season to be extraordinarily busy.
He said that while one-on-one lessons have continued throughout the third lockdown as allowed under the Covid guidelines, he has been able also to continue to implement his instructor training programme both with virtual lessons through Zoom and practical lessons too in small Covid-safe groups.
“We’re stoked to be able to reopen again to the public come March 29. People are desperate to get out and enjoy the coast and beaches we have down here. If we can help them embrace all that then great. I think it will be a very busy summer as more Brits won’t go abroad this year. They might want to try something new and it could be a life changing experience for them.”
Newquay Golf Course, which commands amazing views over Fistral Beach is also rearing to reopen to its 460 members. While its bar and clubhouse will stay shut until the hospitality sector is allowed to reopen later, members will be able to tee up from Monday 29 and already slots are being booked like there is no tomorrow. The pandemic has forced the club to reschedule hosting the county championship until 2023 and some projects have had to be put on hold.
Club manager Peter Battey said: “Our members are happy. They know the restrictions weren’t our doing. They want to play golf and in the last year we have seen a massive jump in memberships as golfing is one of the safest things you can do to keep fit under the Covid restrictions. We have had a lot of inquiries ahead of reopening. Our ground team has been working throughout the various lockdowns. If you don’t look after your golf course for three months it would take six months to get back. So our course is looking lovely. We’ve been able to carry out the maintenance work we wanted to do and now we’re ready to welcome our first golfers again.”
It is the same story across town with the Heron Tennis Club. While members have been able to use the outdoor courts in between lockdowns and during the November lockdown, all indoor facilities have remained shut and will continue to be shut until later this year. Club manager Jon Askey said the outdoor courts had helped the club tick over but business had been hard.
“We’ve had too many stop-starts so let’s hope this is it. It’s great to see the outside courts reopen from Monday 29. This time around the restrictions are being lifted so groups, doubles and singles can play which was not always the case before. We have had so many inquiries I think it should be a great restart.”
Article curated by Olivier at Cornwall Live