liveArgyll – Coronavirus (Covid 19) – Latest Information

  

We hope you’re remaining safe, well and active during these unprecedented times. liveArgyll is a charitable trust and as such we are grateful for the continued support and patience of our members over the current Coronavirus crisis.

Unfortunately we are not available to take phone calls, however we can be contacted by email at enquiries@liveargyll.co.uk

 

Scottish Government update

You will be aware that the Scottish Government provided a further update on Thursday 30th July on the phase 3 routemap to recovery. The focus of the Scottish Government in the coming weeks is very much on pausing those who were shielding and the re-opening of schools.

We are however pleased to report that we have started re-introducing a small number of services. Our outdoor pitches are now available for hire to organised children’s groups and our Active Schools team have returned to work to prepare for the start of the new school term to support the health and well-being of our pupils. We are grateful to sportscotland for their continued financial support of the Active Schools programme.

We have also been given an indicative opening date for our leisure facilities of 14th September and we are awaiting further national guidance on indoor community bookings, lets and events which may also be permitted to re-open from this date.

We were hoping to begin our phased re-opening of our leisure facilities within weeks however this will now not be possible and we are frustrated at this continued forced closure. This is particularly disappointing given the extensive work that had been undertaken to implement and exceed industry guidelines with the highest standards of health and safety. New processes, enhanced cleansing, revised facility layouts and revised access arrangements are all being implemented to ensure a successful re-opening and a safe environment for all our users across all of our facilities and services.

Planning for the phased re-opening of the library service following the recent publication of the national guidelines is well underway. A part time click and collect service is being developed working towards the phased re-opening of our library buildings and associated activity.

 

LiveArgyll’s phased re-opening routemap

 The table below highlights the current status of our re-opening plan by service area which is very much subject to change and is directly informed by Government guidance.

 

Service Area

Status

Outdoor sports pitches

  • From 13th July children’s organised groups only at this time as per Scottish Government guidelines and revised hirer terms in place. To book contact enquiries@liveargyll.co.uk
  • From 24th August organised adult groups also permitted following Scottish Government guidelines.

Libraries, Archives and Museum

  • Currently working through the recently published national guidance from Scottish Government/Scottish Libraries and Information Council.
  • Stage1 from w/c 24th August: return of books at the following libraries at designated times: Rothesay, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Cardross, Lochgilphead, Oban, Tarbert and Campbeltown (14,000 currently out on loan) alongside the continuation of BorrowBox our online library.
  • Stage 2 w/c 14th September: Phased introduction of the click and collect service at the following locations on a part time basis: Rothesay, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Lochgilphead, Oban and Campbeltown.
  • Stage 3 w/c 5th October: Implement restricted physical re-opening arrangements in the 6 main town libraries as above including browsing and stock selection.
  • Stage 4 w/c 2nd November: Return to full service arrangements across all libraries (revised opening hours) including all part time and island libraries, Islay mobile, archives and local studies services, Campbeltown Museum, public network access, room hire, development activity and events.

Indoor gyms, fitness and swimming pools

  • Not currently permitted to open, indicative opening date from Scottish Government of 14th September initially on a restricted hours basis.
  • Gym: This will initially be a member’s only service due to reduced capacity and pre booking requirements
  • Fitness Classes: Indoor and outdoor fitness classes resume
  • New online fitness class programme will be launched
  • Pools: Lane swimming only
  • Stage 2 from 12th October: Increase opening hours and increase number of fitness classes
  • Stage 3 Not before 19th October Introduce swimming lessons programme and children’s fitness classes

 

Events venues, community venues, indoor school lets and softplay facilities

  • Not currently permitted to open, awaiting further Scottish Government guidelines  – Not before 14th September

Active Schools and Sports Development

  • Will restart from the beginning of the new school term on a phased basis in line with Education, sportscotland and NGB guidelines

 

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