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Like many Argyll charities, liveArgyll was delighted to open its doors again on April 26, welcoming customers to its leisure and library venues.
Similar to reopening last year, customer and staff safety has been paramount and a number of measures are in place including enhanced cleaning and sanitising, one-way systems and pre-booking to adhere to social distancing and for contact tracing.
liveArgyll is welcoming both members and pay-as-you go leisure customers – for just 82p a day for individuals and £1.20 a day for families, with unlimited access to all liveArgyll’s gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes.
The Argyll Active programme also offers individuals with long-term conditions and those affected by cancer bespoke online and in-venue programmes.
All five of the charity’s leisure centres have reopened, providing access to gyms, lane swimming and family swim pods, as well as outdoor fitness classes, with indoor fitness classes resuming on May 17 as per Scottish Government guidelines.
A new online fitness programme is also being offered to members free of charge in partnership with Myzone.
Members can access a wide range of live online fitness classes, delivered by liveArgyll’s experienced instructors, to supplement their visits to local venues.
The Learn To Swim programme started up again on Monday May 3, with children being supported to have fun and gain the vital life skill of swimming. Young people have already been enjoying full contact sport on liveArgyll’s pitches, and adults’ non-contact sport with full contact being permitted again from May 17.
liveArgyll’s libraries have also opened for limited browsing. Library customers are able to use public network computers in Campbeltown, Lochgilphead and Oban, among others, and are asked to book sessions in advance by contacting their local library.
The click-and-collect service is also available in all main town libraries in addition to browsing.
liveArgyll is continuing to invest in digital library services to ensure customers from across Argyll and Bute can enjoy library services via BorrowBox, its online library.
The charity will also be launching PressReader later this month to give members free access to a huge range of magazines and newspapers.
Kevin Anderson, liveArgyll’s general manager, said: ‘We have worked extremely hard to make sure our venues are safe to open and give our communities the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of services again.
‘Physical and mental health wellbeing are crucial to the recovery from the pandemic and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to this through the provision of quality affordable services.’
Whilst no formal announcement has been made regarding the resumption of live performances, liveArgyll has announced that legendary band Del Amitri is coming to Oban’s Corran Halls and the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon.
The What’s On programme is filling up with other fantastic artists, including Talon, the highly rated Eagles tribute band and top Scottish performers Tide Lines.
Information on the reopening of services can be found at liveargyll.co.uk/coronavirus-update