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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Latest Information

Coronavirus - Latest Information

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 27 August at 3pm

Following Scotland's move beyond Covid level 0, we are making some changes to our service provision and protocols as follows:


Three more libraries (Baillieston, Langside and Pollokshields) have reopened this week and social distancing has been reduced to 1m in all libraries. At The Mitchell Library, this will allow an increase in browsing and dwell time for visitors. Book quarantine times have been withdrawn allowing more access to books. We will also be reviewing our opening hours in the hope of increasing them at no additional cost. Macmillan Cancer Support is resuming face-to-face services at six libraries, and face-to face-Universal Credit support and other services will recommence soon. Bookbug and other group activities should begin to return from September.

Community facilities

From Monday 6 September, we will increase access for tenants and let holders at seven community centres that are currently open for essential services – Barlanark, Bellcraig, Castlemilk, Darnley, Maryhill, Penilee and Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre.


You no longer need a pre-booked ticket to visit our museums as we gradually look to increase capacity. However, to help ensure an enjoyable experience for all visitors, we will continue to encourage social distancing and suggest a one-way route in some areas. Our museum shops have reopened and we will provide an update on the reopening of cafés soon. We’re also now able to accept pre-booked, self-led visits for educational groups. These must be booked in advance by emailing or calling 0141 276 9505/9506 (option 1, Mon-Fri).


Gym capacities will increase, plans to accommodate walk-up customers are under review and facilities like lockers and showers are being brought back into use (with some exceptions). Classes can return to studio spaces in September meaning sports halls can return to other activities. At our swimming pools, bookable sessions will be retained in line with existing protocols and recreational sessions will be re-established. School swimming will return in early September while additional club access is under review. Increased swimming lessons will be introduced at specific venues.

Arts and Music

Performances are resuming at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Kelvingrove Bandstand. Tramway has been open since May and has a full programme planned. We remain confident Celtic Connections will be fully live in early 2022. 


Glasgow Mela will return to Kelvingrove Bandstand on Sunday 5 September and following this year’s live event, a virtual Mela capturing the atmosphere of the day plus some exclusive performances will be available online. More announcements will follow about events.


The removal of physical distancing makes the return of in-person conferences possible. From September, 17 conferences will be held in the city before the end of the year, including COP26. The Glasgow Convention Bureau and city partners have secured 28 new conferences since April 2020 for future years worth £84m to the city's economy.

Use of face coverings within Glasgow Life venues

In line with the Scottish Government's guidance, we are asking visitors to continue to wear a face covering to keep themselves and others safe when visiting our venues. We recognise that some visitors may be exempt from wearing a face covering, and the Scottish Government has published guidance on the use of suitable face coverings and exemptions. 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.

Use of Glasgow Life venues as Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres:

Several Glasgow Life venues are 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.

Our reopening plans and dates are subject to change in line with ongoing Scottish Government guidance. 

We will continue to share our latest updates via this page and our social media channels, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors into our venues as we take the next step in the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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.