Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
LEISURE and cultural premises are to close in South Lanarkshire in response to the coronavirus situation.
The move by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) follows the most recent public health advice from the Scottish and UK governments, which recommends people avoid non-essential social contact.
All of SLLC’s public-facing leisure and culture premises and services will be closed from Wednesday 18 March 2020. This includes all leisure and sports facilities, and all culture facilities including libraries, art galleries, town halls and Low Parks Museum.
David Booth, SLLC General Manager, said: “We take this step with regret and we do understand that it will be a serious inconvenience to all the many people who make use of, and enjoy, our services.
“However, we really have no choice, as this move is entirely in line with the public health advice we are all being given by our governments and their science and medical advisers to delay the transmission of the virus. We look forward to reopening our doors as soon as the advice is that it is appropriate to do so.”
Membership fees will be frozen automatically throughout the closure, so service users do not need to take action on this. Anyone who has paid for classes or other services that cannot be delivered will be contacted to arrange a refund.
Although leisure and culture services will be suspended from tomorrow, residents will still be able to access Registration Services. Full details of these can be found here: https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200144/licensing_and_registration
For Day Care service provision, Social Work Resources are contacting service users and their families/carers to discuss alternative arrangements.