Leisure services across Argyll and Bute to reopen

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Leisure services across Argyll and Bute are set to reopen from Monday, the charitable trust in charge of their operations has confirmed.

Fitness fanatics in the area will be able to swim or use the gym on a pre-booked basis at any of Live Argyll’s facilities.

However, fitness classes will remain outdoors for the time being.

These will move indoors from Monday May 17, while swimming lessons will resume from Monday May 3.

Libraries in the area are also to reopen from Monday, April 26, with a click-and-collect procedure in operation in most cases.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed in a statement on Tuesday April 20 that Scotland would move to level three of Covid-19 restrictions on April 26, meaning that gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise.

A brief statement from Live Argyll on its website said: ‘We’re delighted our Live Argyll gyms, swimming pools and libraries will reopen during the week commencing April 26.

‘We’re looking forward to further services opening in the near future when Scottish Government guidelines allow.’

The leisure trust continues to await guidance from the Scottish Government on when event and community venues can reopen, along with indoor school lets and soft play facilities.

Outdoor sports pitches are already open for full contact sports for younger people, and adults will be able to use them from Monday May 17.

Libraries in Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay, Dunoon and Helensburgh will operate a click-and-collect service from Monday, April 26.

However, archive and local study sections will remain on hold due to current national restrictions.