Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive: ‘Safety will be the priority in every decision over facility reopenings’ Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive: ‘Safety will be the priority in every decision over facility reopenings’
Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive’s pledge as staff draw up detailed plans about how facilities may reopen and how services might be able to restart.... Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive: ‘Safety will be the priority in every decision over facility reopenings’

Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive’s pledge as staff draw up detailed plans about how facilities may reopen and how services might be able to restart.

Safety will be the overwhelming priority in deciding which Renfrewshire Leisure venues reopen when, the organisation’s chief executive has pledged.

Victoria Hollows says staff at the independent charity, which operates a wide range of services from sporting facilities to cultural venues across the region, are drawing up detailed reopening plans for each aspect of its work in line with the latest Scottish Government guidance on the nation’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

In her update on the route map out of lockdown last week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signalled that libraries and museums could be the next area of Renfrewshire Leisure’s portfolio to have restrictions eased, with them likely to be able to reopen after July 15.

While it is not yet known from which date gyms and swimming pools can begin to reopen, that is not expected to be before July 23. Live events in indoor venues are also unlikely to be allowed before that date.

Updated guidance on how facilities may begin reopening have been published on Renfrewshire Leisure’s website.

Although physical venues and services have been unable to operate, staff have been innovative in offering online alternatives, ranging from exercise classes to Ren TV.

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know the services we provide are valued hugely and that they have been greatly missed during the enforced closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In what’s an ever-evolving picture, our team is working hard to ensure we can reopen our facilities, and restart the services that are dependent on these facilities being open, when it’s most appropriate for us to do so.

“We want our staff and customers to be reassured that our overwhelming priority in this gradual process is their safety and wellbeing. These are the number one considerations in every decision we make about what we do when – and how.

“The government will keep us all updated about from which date activities can begin happening. On a facility-specific basis, we will be looking at what that means for us and our communities and how adaptations will need to be made, taking the need for social distancing and other local issues into account. We will make decisions about individual opening arrangements after that.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support that we receive for our work and are sure that, by working with our communities, people will be able to once again enjoy our services as soon as it’s appropriate for them to restart.”