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High Life Highland's swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres to stay open amid fresh Covid-19 restrictions

By Alasdair Fraser

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High Life Highland Chief Executive, Steve Walsh.
High Life Highland Chief Executive, Steve Walsh.

High Life Highland will be able to keep all of its facilities and attractions open throughout the school holidays.

The Highland Council-formed charity announced that gyms, museums, leisure centres and other public and visitor attractions would be staying open despite new Scottish Government restrictions.

Following a trial at Sutherland Swimming Pool, open swimming sessions for 8 to 11-year-olds and family swim sessions will now be available at swimming pools across the Highlands.

Customers and families looking to attend are being requested to pre-book their sessions online and are being reminded that social distancing must be adhered to in all areas, including within the swimming pool.

High Life Highland (HLH) chief executive Steve Walsh said: “The safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority and a huge amount of work has gone into ensuring our locations are COVID-safe, and that HLH is doing its bit to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“We are therefore delighted that we are able to remain open during the school holidays and give people the option to come along and enjoy the gym, swim, courts or fitness classes.”

High Life Highland has resumed services in 26 leisure sites and 17 libraries along with various other activities being offered through youth work, outdoor activities, active schools, adult learning and music tuition since lockdown in March.

Mr Walsh added: “Our museums and visitor attractions remain open and The Highland Folk Museum and Inverness Botanic Gardens have tremendous outdoor spaces for families to enjoy during the holidays.

“None of these locations have admission charges, with visitors simply invited to make a donation to the charity to cover their visit, if they are able to.

“We have received some tremendous feedback from our customers about being able to use our services again, as well as positive comments about them feeling safe in doing so.

“Our staff have worked incredibly hard to make that possible so that customers can enjoy our facilities once more.

“We look forward to welcoming more customers back during the school holidays.”

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