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.

Our leisure facilities are now open and we can take calls during opening hours Unfortunately we are not available to take phone calls for all other facilities and services at this time, however we can be contacted by email at


Scottish Government update

You will be aware that the Scottish Government provided a further update on Thursday 10th September on the routemap to recovery and we have updated our liveArgyll routemap accordingly.

Online bookings for gyms, fitness classes and pools opened on Monday 31st August and we are now accepting new online membership applications.

We have started re-introducing a small number of other services. Our outdoor pitches are now available for hire to organised children’s and adults groups and our Active Schools team have returned to work 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.


Our library book return service operated from 8 libraries and our Click and Collect service launched on 14th September at our 6 large town libraries.

We are continuing to review the sector guidance for our community facilities including indoor school lets, halls, soft play and community centres. Further announcements will made following Scottish Government guidelines.

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
  • Bookings are being taken for organised children and adult groups
  • To book contact
  • Covid 19 booking terms are now in place and details will be sent to all hirers
Libraries, Archives and Museum
  • 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
  • Our online library BorrowBox is continuing for all members
  • 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 12th 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
  • Our leisure facilities in Bute, Cowal, Helensburgh and Kintyre are re-opening on 31st August with pre booking requirements and a member only service for the first 4 weeks
  • Mid – Argyll will open from 7th September
  • Gym: New layouts to ensure physical distancing – minimum age 14
  • Fitness Classes: Indoor and outdoor fitness class programme – minimum age 14
  • New online fitness class programme will be launching in the coming weeks
  • Pools: Lane swimming only – minimum age 8 (must be able to swim 2 lengths)
  • Stage 2 from 28th September pay as you go service introduced for gym, swim and fitness classes
  • Stage 3 from 10th October swimming pools weekend opening resumes
  • Stage 4 Not before 2nd November full leisure service resumes including full opening hours, increased fitness class programme, swimming lessons, access to learning pools, pool based fitness classes such as aquafit and floatfit and children’s fitness/ sports development classes, including gymnastics.


Events venues, community venues, indoor school lets and softplay facilities
  • Not before 2nd November
  • Currently working through Scottish Government guidelines for the sector
  • Operational details are being developed in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council
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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