Corby skatepark postpones Monday's big re-opening
New date set for May 17 after clarification on government guidelines
A Corby skatepark says it has been forced to scrap plans to reopen on Monday.
Adrenaline Alley was set to open up its ramps at the same time as gyms as part of Stage Two of the government's roadmap out of lockdown.
But management teams at the giant indoor venue in Priors Hall Park have now had to put that date back to May 17.
Alley bosses issued a statement last night (Friday) saying: "Due to clarification on government guidelines received today at 5.39pm we have had to close our booking system and postpone reopening until May 17 — subject to guidelines.
"This decision has been forced on us due to the latest government information received this evening.
"We hope you can understand that the circumstances leading to us making this decision have been incredibly frustrating.
"All bookings will be refunded but please bear with us as we endeavor to refund everybody as soon as possible."
The Alley — the UK`s largest indoor urban sports venue — says issues over the size of groups allowed indoors and mixing adults and children make it impossible for them to open.
The statement added: "Two guideline clarifications sent by SkateparkGB have given us no option but to take this decision.
"Unfortunately, it is not viable for us to open for public sessions with these restrictions in place. We also have no choice but to postpone the restarting of our Training Club."
Government guidance on reopening out-of-school indoor sports settings states that all children can take part in supervised activities, including sport and physical activity subject to restrictions on size of group as set out in the out-of-school settings guidance which limits group size to 15 participants.
"Mixed age sessions are not permitted. Adults should not take part in sessions that include children. Children should not take part in sessions that include adults."
May 17 is the target date for step three of the roadmap when most indoor venues such pubs and restaurants, hotels, play centres, cinemas, museums and group exercise classes will reopen.