The phased return of Leisure & Culture Dundee venues will continue with the re-opening of city gyms and other facilities on 31 August. After recent Scottish Government announcements, gyms at Olympia, Lochee Leisure Centre, DISC and Douglas Sports Centre will restart. They will also have group exercise classes available with additional classes taking place at Menzieshill Community Hub. Dundee Ice Arena will also be introducing some limited capacity public sessions from Monday with a full programme planned from 14 September.
Staff have been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the re-opening of facilities to create a safe environment to visit. In order to do this, some changes have been made to how things are done. These changes have been guided by the Scottish Government, Quality Leisure Management and UK Active to introduce enhanced cleaning regimes, physical distancing signs and one way systems throughout.
Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said
"We can't wait to welcome everyone back. Our number one priority is keeping our members, visitors and employees safe and healthy whilst keeping our centres as fun and as friendly as they always have been. We know the key role that exercise can have on physical and mental wellbeing and I would encourage all in Dundee to make the comeback and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer."
Dundee RPC which has already partially opened some outdoor facilities for performance athletes will now extend opening to sportscotland and associated governing body use. Dundee North West Community Sports Hub will gain access to the outdoor 3G pitch at Baldragon Academy from Monday 31 August. Outdoor facilities at DISC have already be open to pupils at Morgan Academy and that will continue.
In terms of swimming provision, it is planned that Olympia will open for club use from September 14, with a full public programme on September 28 once all lifeguards have completed their mandatory training requirements. The pool at Lochee Swimming and Leisure Centre is subject to some maintenance works and will open once this and lifeguard training have been completed.
Following discussion with Dundee City Council's Children and Families Service. The pools at Grove, St Pauls and Harris Community Swim & Sports Centres will not open before the end of the October Holidays in order to allow schools to re-establish classroom learning.
It is hoped that sports hall lets at centres, including Lynch Sports Centre, can also resume for activities like 5-a-side football bookings from 5 October which along with all opening dates is subject to change in line with the latest Government guidance.
These latest plans add to the charitable trusts facilities that are already open. These being The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum, Caird Park Golf Course, Ancrum Outdoor Centre and Camperdown Wildlife Centre.
To find out more about the safety measures that will be in place at LeisureActive gyms visit http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/leisure-sport/make-the-comeback