Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest information
Glasgow Life’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated regularly regarding the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our services. Please bookmark this page and check back often to keep up-to-date with our latest messaging.
Updated Friday 11 June 2021 at 9am
Springburn, Pollok and Milton libraries will reopen to the public next week, welcoming visitors back for the first time during the pandemic.
It will mean 22 of Glasgow’s libraries will have reopened to the public following lockdown, with customers able to borrow and return books as well as book sessions for free PC use.
The new PC booking system forms part of a range of enhanced hygiene and safety measures introduced by Glasgow Life, which include quarantining books for 72 hours after use, physical distancing restrictions and reduced visitor numbers. Any fines which Glasgow Libraries users may have incurred during our phased reopening period will be waived until 1 October 2021.
All Glasgow libraries are currently operating reduced opening hours:
- Springburn will be open on Monday from 11am–4pm, Tuesday from 11am–7pm and Saturday from 10am– 2pm.
- Pollok will be open on Tuesday from 2-8pm and Wednesday to Friday from 10am-4pm.
- Milton will be open on Tuesday from 2–7pm, and Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-4pm.
Click on this link to view current reopening dates for other Glasgow Life venues.
We will continue to share our latest updates via this page and our social media channels.
Updated Friday 4 June 2021 at 9am
Following the Scottish Government's announcement this week that Glasgow will move to Covid Protection Level 2 as of Saturday 5 June, Glasgow Club indoor fitness classes are available to book and adult outdoor contact sport will restart.
Glasgow Life is using the Check In Scotland service which aids businesses in collecting contact details of visitors, customers and staff. This digital service allows NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service to conduct faster contact tracing and help stop the spread of Covid-19.
Individuals can quickly and securely provide their contact details by scanning an official Test and Protect Check-in Scotland QR code poster via their smartphone camera or by downloading the Check in Scotland app. It will be the responsibility of the individual to do this.
Check In Scotland works with NHS Scotland's Test and Protect contact tracing system to:
- Collect your details;
- Alert you if you came into close contact with someone at a business or venue who later tests positive for Covid-19.
Anyone over the age of 12 can use the Check In Scotland service. The service is designed to take as few details from you as needed.
Contact information can still be manually collected using the existing Test and Protect set up in venues if anyone enters the venue and cannot access Check In Scotland.
Visiting Glasgow Museums venues
Please note: Advance booking online is still required for entry to museums. You can book tickets here.
Updated Friday 30 April 2021 at 9am
In line with the Scottish Government's timetable for easing restrictions, Glasgow Life has begun reopening more than 90 city facilities and this will continue over the coming weeks and months.
Please click on this link to view current venue reopening dates. You can also click on this link to find answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the reopening of our venues.
As it has been throughout the pandemic, our priority will be to ensure that the return of our staff and the public is managed safely. Our reopening plans are subject to local infection rates and Glasgow remaining in, or below, level three of the Government’s Covid-19 protection levels. All dates are subject to change in line with ongoing Scottish Government guidance.
Visiting our venues when they reopen
The experience within the venues we are reopening will continue to be different for the foreseeable future and capacities will be reduced.
Please continue to follow the guidance we have put in place for your safety with regards to accessing and moving around our venues. Please also be aware that Glasgow Club facilities and activities are only available to members who have reinstated their membership and for some venues, particularly our sports facilities and museums, advanced booking will be required. You can find information on how to book within our Frequently Asked Questions above.
Most of all, we are encouraging people to keep themselves and others safe when visiting any of our venues by maintaining physical 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.
Please click on this link to watch our short welcome back video, which explains what you can expect when you return to our venues. You can also click on this link to hear from some of our first customers and visitors about what it means to be back.
Due to existing Covid-19 restrictions, not all of Glasgow Life’s services are currently available. This includes indoor fitness classes and contact sport for over 18s. We will continue to monitor and adhere to any changes to restrictions announced by the Scottish Government in the coming weeks.
Use of Glasgow Life venues as Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres:
A number of Glasgow Life venues are also being used by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as part of the nationwide Covid-19 testing and vaccination programme. It is the NHS who will invite you to an appointment at a vaccination centre, not Glasgow City Council or Glasgow Life.
Please click on this link for information on Glasgow Life venues which are being used by the NHS.
If you have questions about your vaccination (for example, if you need to change your appointment), these should be directed to NHS Inform's Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline, which is available every day from 8am to 8pm on 0800 030 8013.
We’ll continue to keep this page up-to-date regarding our response to Covid-19 and our reopening plans so, whether you need it now or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark.
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.