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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest information

Coronavirus - latest information


Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest information

Glasgow Life’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Updated Friday 27 March 2020 at 16:00 hours

Glasgow, in common with much of the rest of the world, is getting used to a radical new way of living. Like many other charities, the work Glasgow Life does every day, in every part of the city is changing too. We've had to close our venues in all but the most exceptional cases where people need urgent assistance.

What Glasgow Life does brings extra meaning to the lives of people who live in or visit the city. Our museums, libraries, sports facilities, events and community centres across Glasgow recorded around 19 million visits last year.

Glasgow Life’s activities help transform lives. Learning programmes in libraries; pathways to health and fitness through sport; assistance claiming benefits that are a lifeline for those most in need: these are just some of the services that offer direct help to people within our communities.

So we can continue to provide that help, Glasgow Life is changing how we do this.

Behind the scenes, we are working hard to create online versions of the activities and programmes 75 percent of Glaswegians enjoy and rely on. Already, our Glasgow Club app has been downloaded over 1000 times since Monday and users have completed over 34,000 online fitness sessions.

Thousands more are making use of our extensive library services available online to help cope with social distancing. Almost 2000 eBooks have been downloaded, more than 1000 audiobooks are being listened to and 2400 free magazines have been accessed. The best thing is, there’s much more to come.

We’ll continue to keep this page up-to-date regarding our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest updates.    


Updated Monday 23 March 2020 at 23:00 hours

Following this evening’s announcements by the UK and Scottish Governments, Glasgow Life is now moving to a full lock-down. These arrangements will take a little time to process, as they require our facilities management team to put in place all necessary measures across Glasgow Life’s significant estate of 171 venues.

The majority of our staff will be at home, with all but a small handful of community venues closed. Those which remain open provide critical services, such as Universal Credit support. A limited number of venues will be opened while tenants vacate the building and our facilities team completes the necessary final building checks.

Further updates during this period of lock-down will be posted here as soon as they are available.


Updated Friday 20 March 2020 at 16:00 hours 

Glasgow Life provides vital culture and leisure services to thousands of people across the city and the closure of all our venues earlier this week was not a decision that we made lightly.

We expect this temporary suspension to continue until the end of April, however we are committed to communicating with and supporting our customers as best we can during this challenging period.

Glasgow Life already offers a range of free online services for people to use, including an online library which provides access to a huge range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eMusic and eResources.

We’re working hard to extend these services in the days and weeks ahead while doing everything we can to ensure we’re ready to reopen our doors and welcome the people of Glasgow back into our venues as soon as it’s safe to do so.

In the meantime, we would encourage all of our customers to look out for their families, friends and colleagues. In this uncertain time, it’s important to keep in touch and check in with those who might feel the effects of social distancing and isolation more than others.

Our thoughts continue to be with the families and loved ones of those directly affected by Covid-19. Glaswegians are renowned for our friendly and caring attitude and now, more than ever, we need to take care of each other and do what we can to support everyone through this crisis.

Further updates will be posted here as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please scroll below to find answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 19:00 hours – all Glasgow Life services suspended

In line with the government’s advice on reducing social contact, Glasgow Life has taken the difficult decision to suspend its services from this evening. This will apply to all Glasgow Life venues across the city, which will shut from close of play on Tuesday 17 March. We expect the suspension to continue until the end of April.

Glasgow Life already offers a range of online resources for people to use, and we are intending to extend these services as soon as possible. 

All Glasgow Sport activities will be suspended, including indoor and outdoor activities as well as the outreach programme. Glasgow Club membership fees will be automatically frozen (we will do this, you do not need to contact us). Museums, concert halls and libraries will close. Community facilities will close to the public and we will contact tenants to discuss access. We will prioritise how we continue to deliver our targeted essential services.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this will cause.

Further updates will be posted here as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please find below answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Frequently Asked Questions about our services:




Arts & Music

Guidance on large gatherings:

The Scottish Government has now advised that large gatherings of 500 people or more should not take place in Scotland. This is with a view to protecting the resilience of our public services – particularly the emergency services and NHS staff – until the impact of COVID-19 has lessened substantially.

The guidance asks organisers of all large events – both indoors and outdoors – to cancel or postpone. As an organisation which delivers and supports events across Glasgow, we will continue to review the implications of this new guidance on our programmes. Equally, we are mindful of our responsibility to support every effort to delay the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your support:

This remains an unprecedented and challenging time, and our thoughts continue to be with everyone affected by COVID-19. We are working across Glasgow Life to manage and respond to the situation as it develops, following official advice.

Above all else, we will continue to put the wellbeing of our customers, communities and colleagues first, and we want to say thank you for your patience and understanding as we look forward to a healthy, confident future together.

We’ll continue to keep this page up-to-date regarding our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest updates.  

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