Article Source: South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture
First Published: 31 August 2020 13:35
Updated: 31 August 2020 13:35
It means that dates for when outdoor contact sport for adults, leisure centres, swimming pools, libraries and cultural venues can reopen can now be confirmed.
The global pandemic meant a complete shutdown of all public-facing facilities operated by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.
Some venues and facilities have already resumed as lockdown restrictions were eased, including country parks, golf, tennis, bowling, museums and some initial libraries and outdoor recreation facilities and services. As the country continues to move through the recovery phases as outlined by the Scottish Government, more facilities can now resume.
Starting from Monday, 7 September, outdoor contact sport will be extended to include adults as well as children at the following venues: Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds, Lanark Racecourse pitch, Ballerup Recreation Area, The John Cumming Stadium, Bent Recreation Area, McKirdy Recreation Area and Newton Farm Community Wing.
Bookings for these venues will begin from Monday 31 August for the following week. Opening times will be Monday to Friday 5pm to 10pm (variable at John Cumming Stadium) and the above facilities can be booked on 01698 424101.
The libraries at Avondale Community Wing, Uddingston, Greenhills and Larkhall will also reopen on the same day.
The following week, from Monday, 14 September, the covered 3G pitch at Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds reopens for adults and children.
On the same day, Leisure Centre Fitness Classes will resume at Blantyre Leisure Centre, Carluke Leisure Centre, Lifestyles Eastfield and John Wright Sports Centre. Outdoor classes will also be available at Carluke and John Wright.
East Kilbride Ice Rink will also reopen for patch ice coaching on this date. Curling and public skating will resume at a later date.
From Monday, 21 September, Indoor Gyms will reopen at Blantyre Leisure Centre, Carluke Leisure Centre, Lifestyles Eastfield, Lifestyles Lanark and John Wright Sports Centre. Indoor sports courts, for example for badminton, will also be available at some of these locations.
On Monday, 5 October, Indoor Cultural Venues will open for limited activities initially, for example Arts courses and classes, at Hamilton Town House, Rutherglen Town Hall, Lanark Memorial Hall, East Kilbride Arts Centre, Carluke Lifestyles and East Kilbride Village Theatre.
The same day will also see swimming pools reopen at Hamilton Water Palace and Dollan Aqua Centre. At this stage, the pools will be open for club use, swimming lessons and limited public lane swimming.
Carluke and St Leonard’s libraries will also reopen on Monday, 5 October, and there is also potential for Grass pitches to reopen from Thursday, 1 October if permission is granted for league competitions to resume.
General Manger of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, David Booth, said: “We are delighted that we can now share with everyone the dates of when our facilities are planning to reopen.
“I would ask everyone to bear in mind that any of these dates can of course change at very short notice and we will communicate any changes through our normal channels.
“I would like to thank all our customers for their patience and understanding as we begin the next phase of recovery.
“Our priorities have not changed – our number one concern is always for the safety of our staff and customers.
“I would ask all our service users to observe the measures we have introduced and to adhere to them at all times.
“As the First Minister has been reminding everyone at her daily briefings, this virus has not gone away – but by observing the guidelines put in place we can help stop the spread and continue on the road to recovery.”
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