We are adapting our health and safety measures in line with the latest Scottish Government announcement confirming that restrictions introduced at the end of last year are to be lifted from Monday, January 24.
We have welcomed the return to normal operating models and will re-introduce services such as indoor adult contact sports like five-a-side football, our ceilidh fitness classes and the removal of lane swimming for public swimming sessions.
We’re informing customers that 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 very welcome and we look forward to welcoming customers back to the programmes and facilities they enjoyed prior to Scottish Government restrictions put in place due to the spread of Omicron.
“The announcement comes as we have launched our Get Moving challenge for 2022 which is proving very popular with a range of customers looking to get healthy or meet a personal goal for the year ahead.
“We would appeal to customers to continue to support their local leisure centre – in light of the pandemic and associated closures, the trust is working hard to recover, and the support of local communities is important for the long-term sustainability of the organisation.”
Our latest COVID protocols
We want to inform customers of the latest COVID protocols in light of the latest Scottish Government announcement, which will be introduced from December 27, 2021, keeping customers and staff safe while minimising disruption to our sports and leisure opportunities.
In line with government guidance, all indoor adult contact sports, such as five-a-side football, will be cancelled until further notice. Lane swimming will be re-introduced – family swim sessions will be maintained, but numbers will be monitored.
We will be continuing our high levels of health and safety. Customers will be asked to maintain one-metre physical distancing guidance while in venues and use the Scottish Government’s Check-In Scotland QR code on entry. Comply with face-covering regulations, use cleaning equipment provided for gym equipment and stations before and after use, ensure good hand washing, not visit if feeling unwell, and do regular lateral flow tests.
As previously announced, the trust’s festive opening times will see doors open in between Christmas and New Year at Carnegie Leisure Centre, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre and Michael Woods Leisure Centre, Glenrothes from Monday, 27 to Thursday, 30 December.
Our other centres will close from Friday, December 24 to Monday, January 3, except for Duloch Leisure Centre, which will be closed on Thursday, December 22 and re-open on Thursday, January 6.
Scott Urquhart, sports and physical activity team manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “We have consistently delivered a high standard of health and safety measures throughout the COVID pandemic, so we are in a good position to re-introduce protocols in line with the latest guidance. Customers can feel confident that all necessary steps are being taken by teams across all venues and that we are striving to maintain access to facilities and programmes with the exception of contact sports.
“More now than ever, we’d like customers to support our efforts by taking simple steps to keep themselves and others safe – take a lateral flow test, wear a face covering, wash hands regularly, maintain social distancing and cover mouth or nose if coughing or sneezing, and finally, do not attend venues if feeling unwell.”