Coronavirus in Scotland: Gyms and pools could reopen by 14 September

Gyms and swimming pools in Scotland could be allowed to reopen on 14 September, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

She said it was hoped that indoor sports courts and stadia, soft play centres, and theatres and live music venues could also open on the same day.

Bingo halls and funfairs will be able to reopen in August, and dentists will be able to provide more services.

Pupils will return to school full-time from 11 August.

Ms Sturgeon said the dates for gyms and pools were indicative, and that they might be able to open next month.

"I absolutely understand and share the desire to see these facilities open as quickly as possible," she said.

"However, the clinical advice I have is that because of the nature of these environments, they pose a particular risk and require a cautious approach."

The first minister said the opening date of 14 September for gyms and pools would be reviewed again in three weeks.

"If it is judged reasonable to do so, we will seek to accelerate this to the end of August," she said.

Sports stadia could reopen from 14 September for limited numbers of spectators, with physical distancing in place.

Ms Sturgeon told MSPs: "Some professional sports events may be arranged for spectators before then – with Scottish government agreement – to test the safety of any new arrangements."

It is hoped that indoor sports courts will be able to reopen from the same date, with physical distancing.

Non-essential offices are expected to remain closed until at least 14 September

"Even then, working from home and working flexibly will remain the default position," added Ms Sturgeon.

"By staying at home, office workers and employers are playing a vital role in helping suppress the virus, and ensuring our transport network remains safe."

Ms Sturgeon also told the Scottish Parliament that routine eye care services – including regular eye exams – can be carrieRead More – Source

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