Gyms, Indoor sports facilities and swimming pools are scheduled to be re-opened on August 31, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
The date for re-opening was originally set for September, however the First Minister has brought the dare forward to August.
Nicola Sturgeon has said that the re-opening date can be delayed should the infection numbers spike once again, and the openings are subject to strict distancing guidelines being followed.
The news comes as a boost to Stirling University students as the University’s official website announced the following:
“Following the latest government guidance, we are thrilled to announce plans to welcome students, staff and community members back to our facilities from Monday 7 September.
“Whilst work nears completion on our stunning new sports complex, we are programming a range of services and activities, both on-site and digitally, to fulfil your health and well-being needs over the coming months.”
In addition to gyms, and other sports facilities the Scottish Government also unveiled plans to re-introduce sports fans to stadiums under social distancing rules.
The following is also due to re-open from Monday August 24:
- Live Events
- Outdoor Contact Sport
- Indoor Advice Centres
- Child Contact Centres
- Driving Lessons
- Amusement Arcades
- Snooker/Pool Halls
- Indoor Bowling and Funfairs
The weekly coronavirus briefing where entertainment venues and sports centres were given a date to re-open, was somewhat overshadowed by the news that 77 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours.
77 is a record-high number of infections in three months.
The First Minister said: “However, I must stress these possible changes are at this stage indicative only,” Ms Sturgeon said.
“This is the highest number of daily cases in three months,”
“And given the volatility we face in transmission of the virus, there is a very real possibility that these plans will change.”