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Update on Covid-19 Restrictions

Published: Friday, 22 May 2020

Update on Covid-19 Restrictions

Update on Covid-19 Restrictions

On 21 May the Scottish Government announced a Covid19 Routemap that outlines a planned and phased approach to easing some of the restrictions of lockdown. The routemap has four phases, the first of which would permit more outdoor activity and the re-introduction of non-contact outdoor activities such as golf.

Following the announcement on 28 May by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, South Lanarkshire Council will remove restrictions on vehicle access to some car parks from Friday 29 May.

Vehicles will now be able to access car parks at country parks and similar destinations as phase one of lockdown recovery begins. Restrictions will be lifted at the following country parks, public parks and other popular destinations: Chatelherault, Calderglen, James Hamilton Heritage Park, Lanark Loch, Strathaven Park, Lanark Racecourse, Tinto Hill and Greenhall Park.

Please note there will be restrictions on the numbers of spaces available and if car parks get too full to maintain physical distancing cars will be turned away. We are liaising with the police to help manage the expected surge in attendance at these venues.

The following golf courses also will be opened in a phased return, with further details and exact dates available soon: Strathclyde Park, Larkhall, Langlands, Hollandbush, Torrance House and Biggar.

The council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) also are finalising arrangements to re-introduce some other outdoor sports, with initial tennis court availability at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground.

Operating arrangements will be adjusted to make sure customers and staff are kept safe and socially distanced and the start date will be determined by the condition of each facility to accept play.

General Manager of SLLC, David Booth, said: “The easing of some of the restrictions we are currently facing is of course welcome news as we begin on the journey out of lockdown.

“However, please bear in mind you should only be travelling up to five miles by car to access our facilities and to think twice about driving to the most popular destinations given the limited parking available.

“Also, remember our indoor facilities, cafes, toilets and playparks will not be open and available to use. 

“Please also still practise safe physical distancing and wash your hands before and after any journeys to our facilities.”

Other services which the council and SLLC provide are also likely to come back into use as the phases of the end of lockdown continue. The council will continue to announce these changes through our range of media channels.

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