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Badminton courts at 1Leisure Medina in Newport are to reopen today (Monday).

It is the first step in a phased reopening of the popular courts, with new measures in place to keep players and staff safe.

Initially, courts will open for socially distanced games and practises as set out by Badminton England.

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Groups of up to 6 players from different households can play full court singles and full court doubles with social distancing in place. Four players can be on court while two players will be able to safely social distance on allocated benches courtside.

Players are required to book their court online, bring their own rackets and shuttles and disinfect them regularly. The guidance is that players are to take their belongings onto the courts as lockers and changing facilities are closed.

Squash courts also move into the next phase of reopening now allowing ‘squash bubbles’ of up to six players.

Stuart Babington, facility manager, said:

“We have tried and tested the courts to ensure the measures put in place keep players and staff safe and are the current government guidance.”

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Councillor Wayne Whittle, Cabinet member for regeneration, business development and leisure centres, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming our valued customers back to our badminton courts once more. The staff at 1Leisure have worked incredibly hard to ensure they are keeping everyone safe.”

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