The East Mill
Ground Floor
DE56 2UA

01773 821676
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Opening Hours
Mon - Thurs: 7am to 9pm
Fri: 7am to 8.30pm
Sat - Sun: 10am to 12.30pm

Covid-19 - Important information 

Reopening Guidance

The following must be read and adhered to by everyone using The Fit Pit facilities.  If you need any help or have any questions about this guidance, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.


Following the government’s announcement on 09 July 2020, it is our intention to reopen our doors from Monday 27th July.  We have made every effort to ensure we reopen in the safest way possible for both our staff, our customers and the communities we live in.  It will be the responsibility of everyone using the facilities to do so in line with this guidance.  Failure to do so could increase the risk of spreading Covid-19, and will result in membership termination.

All memberships will restart automatically on the 27th July.  We have added 4 months and 5 days onto everyone’s membership that expired after 23 March 2020.

The Fit Pit will be closed from Monday 31 August – Friday 04 September 2020 due to staff holidays.  If your membership includes these dates, an additional 7 days will be added on.

Our new opening hours - gym

In order to create bubbles and increase time available for cleaning, The Fit Pit will be open on an appointment only basis.  Each slot will last for 1 hour.  Slots can be booked via telephone only (01773 821676).  Please do not e-mail, text or use Facebook messenger.  This information will be stored securely in line with GDPR requirements for 3 weeks.  During this time, if someone in your bubble confirms they have tested positive for Covid-19, you will be contacted in line with Track and Trace procedures.

To book your slot, please call 01773 821676.  Your welcome to call anytime, but we may not be available to answer your call.  On Friday 24 July 2020,John will be by the phone from 9am - 10am, 12noon - 1pm, and 2pm - 3pm.

The slots are as follows:

Monday – Friday         7am – 8am

                                    8:15 – 9:15am

9:30 – 10:30am

10:45 – 11:45am

12:00 – 1pm

4:00 – 5:00pm

5:15 – 6:15pm

6:30 – 7:30pm

7:45 - 8:45pm

 Saturday – Sunday     10:00 – 11:00am

                                    11:15am – 12:15pm

The maximum capacity is 25 for the main gym area and tone zone. 

Not all facilities will reopen

The following facilities will remain closed:

  • Café
  • Changing rooms and showers
  • Sauna
  • Pool table

 How will it all work – before, during, after

 Before you come to the Fit Pit you will need to:

  • Ensure you are well and that you, and others you’ve been in contact with, aren’t showing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Have booked your session via phone, giving your name and membership number or phone number for non-members
  • Washed or sanitised your hands
  • Are dressed in clean gym clothing (there will be no changing facilities or showers)
  • Have with you only your keys, phone, medication (e.g. inhaler) and full water bottle (you will need to keep these with you at all times)
  • Take off any gloves you are wearing
  • Have a face covering if you feel it is appropriate – this will not be enforced and is personal choice

 On arrival you will need to

  • Arrive no more than a few minutes before you’re slot and queue along the front of the building, until the door (main door with ramp excess) is opened.  You must not enter the building by any other door or until you are invited to do so.
  • Queue 2m apart on the ramp and wait at the bottom of the ramp to be called to the reception area.
  • When asked to come to Reception, give your name so you can be signed in, purchase any water/bars you require and sanitise your hands.  If your membership needs renewing, you may be asked to step to one side, while other customers are signed in.  At this time you can also book in future sessions.
  • Your temperature will be taken.  If it is high, you will be asked to leave and advised to get a Covid-19 test.
  • You will be given a cloth, this is yours for the duration of your session.  This is to enable you to wipe down any surfaces you have touched, and equipment you use, both before and after use.

 During your visit you will need to

  • Keep 2m apart from staff and customers
  • Follow the arrows to ensure a one way system is used as much as possible
  • Only use the toilets in the café area 
  • Regularly wash or sanitise your hands (stations will be positioned throughout)
  • Wipe down all equipment, including benches, dumbbells, and bars before and after use with the cloth you’ve been provided.  Viral Plus will be available at sanitising stations throughout
  • Spotting is not permitted
  • Use of equipment with ‘Do not use’ signs is not permitted
  • Use of gloves is not permitted
  • Pay attention to the signs, helping you to understand the requirements

 At the end of your slot you will need to

  • Leave promptly by the exit using the stairs next to the cafe (this will give us time to clean down between sessions)
  • Place your used cloth in the bins provided
  • If you begin to show signs or symptoms of Covid-19, you will need to get tested immediately, and contact us if the result is positive.


We will be publishing a reduced timetable of classes shortly.

The procedures are largely the same as for the gym.  You’ll need to book all classes by phoning 01773 821676.  Please arrive no more than a few minutes before the start of class and wait to be invited in.  You’ll sign in at reception and enter the studio by the entrance nearest Reception.

Ideally we would like you to bring your own exercise mats, if not they will be provided and cleaned after use.  Equipment must not be shared during classes.  A sanitising station will be available in the studio.  We would ask you to leave via the door closest to the café.

Maximum class occupancy is 15.

Failure to comply with the guidance

We take our staff and customer safety very seriously.  Failure to comply with the guidance will result in:

  • Being reminded of the rules and asked to adhere to them
  • Being asked to leave the facility
  • If you continue to fail to comply on a further visit, your membership will be terminated and a refund will not be offered.


We, like many other small businesses, are working hard to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.  We need your help to do this.  Please talk, e-mail or phone us if you think something’s not quite right or you’d like to suggest an improvement.

We are keen to get our business back up and running, so we’d ask you not to share anything negative on social media, until we’ve had chance to look at it.  We are not experts at this, and have interpreted the guidance to the best of our ability to mitigate the risks.

We hope you’ll have a positive (if not slightly different) experience, and would appreciate you sharing this via social media, so that we can increase customer confidence.