Chelmsford City Council’s leisure centres have opened their doors again now that we’ve reached step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Here’s everything you need to know about booking your sessions.

What’s running from 12 April

Most core facilities like gyms and pools are open from Monday 12 April, but there are still some restrictions in place until the next phase, which is scheduled for May 17.

Information about all activities is available on the Chelmsford City Sports website. Check here to see the latest on the sessions you’re interested in.

Gyms, including the one at Riverside Leisure Centre, reopen on 12 April

Exercise classes straight to you

Indoor exercise classes won’t be able to start until mid-May but if you’re missing these group sessions, don’t worry, help is on hand. Between 12 April and 17 May, instructors based at Riverside Leisure Centre will be streaming classes live to you at home to keep your fitness goals on track.

These online classes will be free for monthly members: just create a MyWellness account (if you don’t already have one), and drop the leisure team a line at so they can activate your free access.

If you use the centres on a pay-as-you-go basis, or you’ve opted to freeze your membership for now, you can arrange to receive these new live classes for £5 a month. Information on how to sign up can be found on the city sports webpage.

Exercise classes won’t be able to take place until 17 May so instructors are going online

Booking sessions is essential

As before, all sessions (including the gym) will need to be booked in advance. You can book up to 2 sessions a day – just go to the Chelmsford City Sports website or the Chelmsford City Sports app,.

Staying safe in the centres

Covid-19 safety measures operating before lockdown remain in place, such as one-way systems and masks for everyone in communal areas. Remember to come changed for your session with your own towel and a full water bottle because the fountains aren’t back in use just yet.

Safety measures such as one way systems remain in place

Parking permits

If you have a parking permit for Riverside that expires on 31 March, you’ll still be able to use it. The centres will be in touch to let you know about renewals now that they’ve reopened.

All OurChelmsford Plus cards and Swim Resident Scheme and Annual Wellness memberships will be automatically extended for any time lost.

To find out more about the range of memberships available at Chelmsford City Council leisure centres, take a look at the City Sports website.

By Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at or on 01245 606984.

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