Charitable trust welcomes latest COVID protocols

The area’s leading provider of sports and leisure services is adapting its health and safety measures in line with the latest Scottish Government announcement confirming that all major legal COVID restrictions will be lifted.

Charitable trust, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, has welcomed the return to normal operating models and will deliver services in line with Sport Scotland guidance.

The trust is informing customers that fitness classes will revert to studio spaces, there will be a full return of all activities in sports halls, the need to pre-book for programmes and facilities will, for the most part, be phased out, and gym layouts will go back to normal. However, some safety measures will remain in place such as screens at reception, wearing of face masks and sanitation of hands.

Emma Walker, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “The move to near normal operations is a very encouraging step and we are looking forward to welcoming customers back to programmes and facilities under conditions which they enjoyed pre-COVID.

“We’ll still be asking people to book ahead for fitness classes, but this was the norm before COVID restrictions, but generally, most booking requirements will be phased out by August 16, and, we’d ask for patience while we return our gyms to their former layouts.  

“The lockdowns and restrictions associated with the Coronavirus pandemic have had a significant impact on the trust, both financially and operationally, and we are working hard to mitigate against these affects while acknowledging that there will be a long-term negative affect to the trust.

“We would appeal to customers to continue to support their local leisure centre – as a charitable trust, we are committed to reinvesting into local communities and the long-term sustainability of the organisation is our primary focus.”

The trust recently announced that it has adopted the Scottish Government’s Check In Scotland QR code designed to collect customers’ contact details as they enter any business or venue displaying the code. And, it has removed one-way systems within centres with customers asked to respect the one-metre distancing rule, as well as all cubicles in wet changing areas have been reinstated for customer use.

Customers are being advised that users of gyms at the Beacon Leisure Centre and Pitreavie Athletics Centre to continue to book ahead.

For further information on the trust’s new COVID protocols, please click here.