Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest information
Glasgow Life’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Updated Thursday 24 September at 10am
Statement regarding the continued reopening of some of Glasgow Life’s venues:
- View our list of venues that are reopening to the public.
- View our list of venues that are reopening for essential services.
- Find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
As we have seen from the First Minister’s statements this week, we must all accept that the coronavirus pandemic and the measures necessary to suppress it will be with us for many months to come.
And with more stringent restrictions having been put in place for the next few weeks, it is likely that the country will remain in phase three of the Scottish Government’s route-map out of lockdown for some time.
During this period, Glasgow Life will continue to work to the timetable published above in terms of reopening more venues across the city. However, all dates remain indicative and are subject to change in line with ongoing Scottish Government guidance.
In recent weeks, we have reopened Ibrox, Pollokshaws, Shettleston, Partick, Easterhouse, Drumchapel and Gorbals libraries as well as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Riverside Museum.
Across our sporting estate we have reopened our Glasgow Clubs at Scotstoun, Bellahouston, Kelvin Hall and Castlemilk where members can access our gyms and fitness classes (the swimming pools at Scotstoun and Bellahouston remain closed for the time being).
And we have reopened outdoor pitches at Scotstoun, Glasgow Green Football Centre, Toryglen Regional Football Centre and Glasgow Club Donald Dewar. This follows the reintroduction of some outdoor golf, lawn bowls and tennis facilities over the summer.
This week, we have announced that we are also taking forward an innovative Community Activation Pilot in partnership with four football clubs and groups across the city, which will see pitches in Stepford Sports Complex, Nethercraigs Sports Complex and Springburn Synthetic Pitch reopened in the coming weeks. You can read more about this here.
Next week (w/c 28 September), we are looking forward to welcoming our customers back to Tollcross International Swimming Centre (gym, fitness classes and pools access) and Glasgow Club Gorbals (gym and fitness classes initially with pool access from w/c 5 October).
The priority with every venue that we reopen is to ensure that it’s safe for our customers and staff. The response to the new measures we’ve put in place in the venues we’ve reopened has been very positive and we are continuing to work with Glasgow City Council to review and prioritise which other venues and services we can restart or reopen and when.
However, we recognise that not everyone feels ready to return to our gyms yet, so we have also launched a new online Glasgow Club membership. With over 20 live classes each week and an on-demand library of workout content, this will allow people who prefer to exercise at home to do so. Customers who reactivate their membership will have access to this included for free and more information is available here.
More widely, the digital activities and programmes that Glasgow Life has made available to the public online since the pandemic began have been used more than one million times.
As can be expected, the visitor experience within the venues we are reopening will be different for the foreseeable future. Over the weeks and months to come, we are asking the public to follow our new guidance with regards to accessing and moving around our venues, and to please book in advance when visiting our museums.
- This short video explains what visitors can expect in our libraries and museums.
- This short video will help members prepare for their return to Glasgow Club.
Most of all, we are encouraging people to keep themselves and others safe when visiting any of our venues by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask or face covering, unless you have a legitimate reason not to do so. Within our sports venues, visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering in all indoor areas except when participating in physical activities in our gyms and fitness studios. Click on this link for more information regarding face covering exemptions.
Covid-19 has had a considerable impact on the way we live and work and there is much uncertainty about what lies ahead. We will continue to share information on what this means for Glasgow Life’s future as quickly and as regularly as we can.
We’ll continue to keep this page up-to-date regarding our response to Covid-19. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin for our latest updates.
British Sign Language (BSL) users: For more information and the latest updates on Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council services during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the dedicated BSL section of the council’s website.
Support us: As one of Scotland’s largest charities, Glasgow Life is hugely grateful for the support it has received during the coronavirus pandemic, which has helped us to continue vital work in communities across the city during the most challenging of times. You can continue to help us by donating here.