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Leisure centres closed to the public due to coronavirus outbreak

March 17th 2020

Leisure centres closed to the public due to coronavirus outbreak

Shetland Recreational Trust leisure centres are to be closed to the public in light of the developing coronavirus situation.

The decision to temporarily shut the network of leisure centres and swimming pools was made following the latest government and Health Protection Scotland advice to limit all unnecessary social contact. Based on advice from the Scottish government, that includes going to the gym.

Doors will close at 5pm on Tuesday 17th March. There is no indication of when they will reopen.

Trust facilities will still be available for the schools service if required during the period of public closure.

Shetland Recreational Trust general manager James Johnston said it had been a difficult decision, adding that it would be regularly reviewed to assess whether all or part of the trust’s network could be reopened.

He said the decision was based on the latest advice and was led by the need to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and customers.

Mr Johnston said: “The coronavirus outbreak presents us with an unprecedented challenge. In dealing with this situation we are guided by the latest advice from the Scottish government and Health Protection Scotland.

“Unfortunately, that has led us to conclude that we must temporarily close all our leisure centres. This was a difficult decision but I am sure that people will understand the reason why it has been taken.

“We will be continually reviewing the situation and listening to the latest government advice.”

Over the next few days we will begin contacting all our Subscription holders so we can put in place the best solution for the individual. We appreciate that we may not be able to contact you as quickly as we would like but will be grateful for your patience at this challenging time.