Four of the six leisure centres in Wiltshire at risk of closing after the company running them went into liquidation will now stay open.
They were due to close on Monday night following the North Wiltshire Leisure Ltd (NWLL) announcement last Friday.
The reprieve which follows "extremely complex" negotiations sees the council take on NWLL's workers until then.
Centres at Malmesbury, Chippenham, Corsham and Wooton Bassett will remain open for the foreseeable future.
Two other sites in Calne and Cricklade only have a reprieve until the end of March because North Wiltshire district council said they would be too expensive to run.
Negotiations continue with Keep Leisure in Cricklade and Athena Leisure in Calne to try and find possible solutions but the council cannot afford to run them from April 2007.
The council said NWLL staff will be transferred up to 31 March until they are transferred to new provider DC Leisure Ltd who will run the centres on the council's behalf.