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Leisure cen­tres, gyms and swim­ming pools have been among the most re­cent fa­cil­i­ties to be al­lowed to re­open as lock­down re­stric­tions eased in Scot­land. They were given the green light to re­sume from Au­gust 31, two weeks ear­lier than had been ex­pected.

Many fa­cil­i­ties across Scot­land re­mained closed un­til Septem­ber 14, how­ever, LiveAr­gyll led the way in Scot­land and man­aged to open as soon as it was given the green light from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Char­i­ta­ble trust LiveAr­gyll runs 28 venues and ser­vices across Ar­gyll and Bute, in­clud­ing leisure, li­braries, ar­chives and mu­seum, halls, Ac­tive Schools and sport devel­op­ment, com­mu­nity cen­tres and com­mu­nity lets.

A LiveAr­gyll spokesper­son said: ‘We’re work­ing hard to pro­vide as many ser­vices as pos­si­ble in the soft open­ing phase, and we’re hop­ing that our mem­bers and pay-as-you-go users con­tinue to sup­port us as we con­tinue to ex­pand open­ing hours and pro­grammes in the com­ing weeks and months ahead.’

A small num­ber of ser­vices are now up and run­ning in­clud­ing leisure, a new click and col­lect li­brary ser­vice in the six large town li­braries, out­door pitches and Ac­tive Schools.

Re-open­ing the venues was far from straight­for­ward, in­volv­ing bring­ing staff back from fur­lough, many of whom needed ex­ten­sive train­ing be­fore start­ing work to en­sure a safe en­vi­ron­ment for all staff and cus­tomers alike.

Leisure fa­cil­i­ties user Caro­line Suther­land said: ‘I’m re­ally im­pressed with what’s been done. I got a ‘wel­come back’ from staff as I en­tered the build­ing and it was great to be back. There’s ob­vi­ously been a lot of thought and work gone into the lay­out, one way sys­tems and clean­ing/sani­tis­ing which has re­sulted in a very safe at­mos­phere. I’d like to thank all the staff for their hard work and look­ing for­ward to next week’s classes.’

Torque in­door cy­cling class at Mid Ar­gyll Sports Cen­tre.

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