Uckfield Leisure Centre staff test positive for Covid-19

Two members of staff at Uckfield Leisure Centre, and three members, have tested positive for Covid-19.

The centre, run by Freedom Leisure, published a statement on its Facebook page yesterday about the three members saying there was no link that the virus was picked up there.

Last night, in an update requested by Uckfield News, a spokesperson confirmed that two members of staff had tested positive for the disease and were now isolating.

Track and trace

The spokesperson said the centre followed all Government and NHS test and trace guidelines and had not been contacted by them about the customers’ positive tests.

“Any contact made to anybody perceived to be at risk is done by NHS Track and Trace service, not by Freedom Leisure.”

The statement on the centre’s Facebook page from manager Joe Slaughter says: “Freedom Leisure prioritises the health and safety of its customers and staff, and we have ensured that staff have received the Covid-19 training.


“We aim to clean touch points, equipment, and other kit used elsewhere around the centre hourly.

“We are also asking our customers to help with cleaning the equipment they have used, which has been very effective and well-supported.

“Our centre at Uckfield has not had an outbreak of Covid-19. There are three members who reported that they have tested positive, but there is no link that the Covid-19 virus was picked up in the centres.


“We also follow all Government and NHS track and trace guidelines, but we have not been contacted by them about these positive tests.

“Customers using our centres must either swipe in when they attend the centre, use the NHS app or provide their contact details manually – data is kept for 21 days.

“This complies with the way we have been instructed by the central government to respond and record. We are doing everything correctly in line with – HSE and NHS Test and Trace guidelines.


“Any contact made to anybody perceived to be at risk is done by the NHS Track and Trace service not by Freedom Leisure.

“Across the industry, since centres reopened, and based on the data reported by the leisure industry, the number of cases per 100,000 visits is 0.34%, showing that protocols for managing, monitoring and reporting the virus in the sector is minimising risk for those visiting gyms and leisure centres.”

More college students isolate after second positive Covid-19 test

A second Uckfield College student has tested positive for Covid-19 and more have been asked to isolate to prevent the spread of the disease.

The college confirmed last week that one student had tested positive for the Coronavirus and confirmed a second case yesterday.

A spokesperson said: “We again acted swiftly and all students who had been in close contact with the student inside, and outside, school, were sent home.

“We have stringently followed all the advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.”

Read advice given to parents and carers in a letter sent after the first positive test in a previous Uckfield News story: College Students isolate after one tests positive for Covid-19.

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