LEISURE chiefs in Renfrewshire have vowed that the safety of customers and staff will be a top priority when leisure facilities reopen to the public.

They say they will use the time until the reopening to refine their procedures in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last week that the government hopes live outdoor events, funfairs and outdoor sports, as well as some indoor venues such as bingo halls, amusement arcades and snooker halls will reopen from August 24, with appropriate hygiene measures in place.

She set September 14 as the indicative date for the reopening of gyms, swimming pools and indoor soft play centres.

This is due to be reviewed in two weeks, to see if an earlier date can be set.
Councillor Lisa Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said she values the support of members and the wider public and knows how much people in Renfrewshire have missed these services. 

She added: “These centres are important parts of our communities, playing important roles in helping our health and wellbeing. We are looking forward to welcoming people back and working with them to ensure their return is both safe and enjoyable.” 

Victoria Hollows, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know how eagerly the community is waiting for news on a date for reopening our leisure facilities, not least of all because of the vital part they play in ensuring we can get everyone active again after a long period of closure during lockdown. 

“With reopening now no earlier than the end of August, and perhaps not until mid-September, we will continue to use the time before then to refine our procedures – continuing to reflect that our first priority for opening will be the safety of our customers and staff.”

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