Leisure centres in Sutton are going to close completely after the weekend.

From Monday (March 23) the borough’s leisure centres will close their doors for the foreseeable future.

The four affected centres are Cheam, David Weir, The Phoenix Centre and Westcroft.

A statement from Sutton Council said: “We understand that physical activity is important to both physical and mental health.

“We encourage residents to make use of Sutton’s parks and green spaces during this period. It’s important that if you do, you follow the government advice on social distancing which says that you can go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than two metres from others.”

Heritage homes in the borough will also be hit by the pandemic.

Honeywood, Whitehall and Little Holland House are now closed for the foreseeable future.

Other council services have also been affected by the outbreak, something that it likely to happen more in the coming weeks and months.

Yesterday (Thursday, March 19) people living in flats in Sutton West, Sutton South, Sutton Central and Sutton North.

A council spokesperson said: “For the first time, our waste collection services in Sutton have been affected by staff absence, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. We have been planning with Veolia for this inevitability.”

Because of the shortage of staff food and general waste were prioritised with some flats missed out.

Council leader Ruth Dombey praised Sutton’s ‘vibrant and well-connected’ voluntary organisations for their response to the crisis.

She said: “Over the coming months we can all have a role to play in addressing the challenges we face. I encourage everyone to support these coordinated efforts.”

A joint Sutton Coronavirus Action group has been set up on Facebook by voluntary organisations in the borough.

It can be found here: www.facebook.com/groups/suttoncoronavirus.