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Coming out of Lockdown

Published: Friday, 21 August 2020

Coming out of Lockdown

Coming out of Lockdown

Following recent Scottish Government guidance we have drawn up a Recovery Routemap. This outlines the planned reopening of library and leisure facilities over the next few weeks. Work is already well underway to ensure all SLLC facilities are Covid-compliant and services will resume in a staged process. The priority, as always, is to keep staff and customers safe and well. We will update this information as our plans progress.

Fitness During Lockdown

When the Covid-19 lockdown commenced in March 2020 all of our facilities had to be closed to the public. However, we have been providing a timetable of online activities via our facebook pages to help South Lanarkshire residents keep active and healthy. In addition we have been providing discounted access to Les Mills on Demand exercise classes.

As we follow the Scottish Government routemap and guidelines during easing of Covid-19 restrictions we will make other activities available.

Services Restart

We would ask customers to read and follow applicable guidelines for each service to help to prevent virus transmission.

We are still advised to stay local as much as possible when accessing services. Per Scottish Government guidance we must still practise safe physical distancing and avoid spaces and situations which are too crowded to maintain distancing. Please remember to wash / disinfect hands before and after visiting one of our facilities and use face coverings in enclosed spaces.

We can now offer access to the following sites and activities:

Country parks / parks

East Kilbride Ice Rink

Fitness Classes



Leisure facilities


Low Parks Museum

Outdoor contact sport

Outdoor learning and adventure

Swimming lessons




Country parks / parks

Vehicles are able to access car parks at country parks and similar destinations including Chatelherault, Calderglen, James Hamilton Heritage Park, Lanark Loch and Strathaven 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 cafés at Lanark Loch and Strathaven Park and the Oaks Café at Chatelherault are now open for takeaway service only. Please note there will be no access to toilets or seating. Customers visiting the cafés will be asked to respect physical distancing measures.

The Waterside Café at James Hamilton Heritage Park is open with table service and take away service available at the counter. Safety measures are in place and customers will be asked to provide contact details on entering the café to comply with Test and Protect.

We look forward to announcing further café facilities re-opening in the coming weeks.

Calderglen Zoo

We are pleased to say that Calderglen Zoo reopened on Monday 13 July. Full information is available on our Welcome back to Calderglen Zoo news banner.

Wedding Ceremonies at Chatelherault

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are available at Chatelherault Country Park, with restrictions on number of guests. We also are able to offer wedding ceremonies indoors within the Banqueting Room. A maximum capacity of 20 people are permitted which includes the bride, groom and witnesses. It does not include the celebrant. Couples may also have their wedding photography taken within The West Wing or outdoors in the enclosed Parterre Gardens and surroundings.

We are currently the only SLLC Venue able to offer this to couples wishing to get married. To make a booking, or for further information, please contact us by email or call 01698 543412.

At this time we are not able to offer reception or catering, but will update this information as the situation changes.

Read about our first post-lockdown wedding in the South Lanarkshire View story.

East Kilbride Ice Rink

East Kilbride Ice Rink will reopen for patch ice sessions only on 14 September.

Further information and safety measures are given in our news story.

Fitness classes

Fitness classes reopened on 14 September at:

  • Clydesdale - Carluke Leisure Centre
  • East Kilbride - John Wright Sports Centre.
  • Hamilton - Blantyre Sports Centre
  • Rutherglen and Cambuslang - Eastfield Lifestyle

Members will be able to book up to 7 days in advance as a priority booking. Non-members will be able to book up to 5 days in advance.

View our fitness programme.

Book a class online.

Please refer to our safety measures for everything you need to know before visiting our sites. We would ask all customers to observe the measures we have introduced and to adhere to them at all times.

More information is available in the Reopening of Fitness Classes and Gyms news story.


Our golf courses are open: BiggarHollandbushLanglandsTorrance House (all 18 holes), and the 9 hole golf courses at Larkhall and Strathclyde Park.

During Covid-19 restrictions there are some alterations to how we operate which will affect golfers, staff and golf clubs. It is really important that golfers wishing to join or play at our courses read through the guidance document we have produced. It follows government rules and governing body recommendations. Everything is included in the guidance from purchasing a season ticket, booking a tee time, how we operate at the starters offices, and on course rules and regulations. The guidance will change in line with government and governing body easing of restrictions.

Golfers also must read and follow the Golf during Covid procedure for golfers.

Please check the updated price list.

There are no turn up and play options available whilst social restrictions are in place.

Golfers can pre-book tee times via online booking or by calling the starters office in advance.  Please visit our memberships website to renew or purchase your season ticket for the first time. We encourage you to use online facilities to book a round or take out membership as it is quicker and easier for you. It also greatly assists in us maintaining social distancing at the starters offices.

For more information please call the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Golf section on 01355 233451.


On 21 September the first four of our gyms to reopen will be:

  • Clydesdale - Carluke Leisure Centre and Lanark Lifestyles
  • East Kilbride - John Wright Sports Centre.
  • Hamilton - Blantyre Sports Centre
  • Rutherglen and Cambuslang - Eastfield Lifestyle

Bookings for gym sessions will be available from 14 September. Members will be able to book up to 7 days in advance as a priority booking. Non-members will be able to book up to 5 days in advance.

Book a gym session online.

Please refer to our safety measures for everything you need to know before visiting our sites. We would ask all customers to observe the measures we have introduced and to adhere to them at all times.

More information is available in the Reopening of Fitness Classes and Gyms news story.

Leisure facilities

Indoor bookings
The reopening of these services are currently being considered. As further guidance becomes available we will work with individual clubs and community groups to discuss reopening opportunities.


So far we have:

  • Launched an expanded Home Delivery Service, which you can contact on 01698 452143
  • Established a new ‘Connect and Collect’ service which you can contact on 01355 241573
  • Reopened Hamilton Town House Library, Rutherglen Library, East Kilbride Central Library and Lanark Library
  • Reopened libraries at Avondale Community Wing, Greenhills, Larkhall and Uddingston

Biggar and Blantyre libraries are to reopen from 21 September.

Download the Opening hours from 21 September for each of the open libraries.

Services available from these eight libraries will be borrowing or returning books and access to ActiveIT. It is requested that you phone in advance to book a PC.

Measures in place to protect all users include:

  • Controlled numbers of visitors in the early stages 
  • Reception screens and PPE for staff
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes
  • Test and Protect registers
  • Sanitising stations 
  • Compulsory wearing of face coverings by visitors 

Check out South Lanarkshire View for more information about our libraries re-opening.

Low Parks Museum

Low Parks Museum reopened on 10 August. Hygiene and safety measures have been put in place, including a reception screen, sanitising stations, staff PPE and increased cleaning.

Some familiar friends have been given a wee rest temporarily, but we will have new family quizzes and trails around the museum and new displays and exhibitions for you to enjoy. Before visiting the Museum, please download and print your activities sheet for Time Detectives quiz and Eclectech Gallery Selfie Scavenger Hunt if you want to participate in these activities. You can also pick up our Route 74 Heritage Trail from Low Parks Museum to Chatelherault or download the app on your phone with our free Wi-Fi.

The gift shop will have restrictions in place limiting the number of people in the shop at any time and will operate a card payment only system.

The Mezzanine Cafe is now open 10:00am to 3:00pm on weekdays, 10:00am to 3:30pm on Saturday and 12noon to 4:00pm on Sunday..

Outdoor contact sport

Synthetic pitches for children’s use

Outdoor synthetic pitches became available for children to use from 17 August.

More information is available on the Synthetic Pitches Available for Children's Use news story.

Synthetic pitches for adult use

The first phase of outdoor synthetic pitches became available for adult use from Monday 7 September, with five more centres opening from 21 September.

Outdoor learning and adventure

Outdoor learning and adventure activities and development programmes are now available for a maximum of six participants.

  • All clients must be prepared to transport themselves to the activity venue.
  • Activity number will be reduced to a maximum of 6 participants.
  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell, you should not attend the activity.
  • All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised prior to and after each session.

Read more about this in the South Lanarkshire View story.

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons are to restart at Dollan Aqua Centre and Hamilton Water Palace from 5 October. More information is available on the Swimming Lessons Restart news story.


Tennis courts are available to book online.  At this time they are available only at Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds. Please note all bookings are chargeable due to memberships being suspended during Covid-19 restrictions.

Players will be asked to follow Tennis Scotland’s guidelines and games will last for 50 minutes with no access to the main building or tennis equipment.

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