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New Dates for Raising of Lockdown Restrictions

From: Communications <communications@scotborders.gov.uk>
Sent: 14 April 2021 11:54
Subject: [OFFICIAL] News Release: Dates for reopening of further local facilities and services announced

For information, the following release was issued to the media today:

Joint news release from Scottish Borders Council and Live Borders: Wednesday 14 April 2021

Dates for reopening of further local facilities and services announced

Scottish Borders Council and Live Borders have today outlined dates for the phased reopening of further services across the region as the COVID-19 situation continues to improve.

Both organisations are working in close partnership as a regional COVID recovery plan is developed, focused on restarting services, promoting health and wellbeing, supporting vulnerable people, reinvigorating the local economy and seizing new opportunities.

Both Live Borders and the Council recognise how much customers, communities and visitors value these services, which range from swimming pools to museums. The jointly agreed reopening plan acknowledges this while also taking into account a range of other current factors, which include the vital support being provided through Live Borders facilities and their staff for the critically important COVID vaccination programme, ongoing Test and Protect, and where services cannot be delivered through alternative means.

The services being prioritised for re-opening will also help to:

  • support getting communities active and, consequently, healthier again following the lockdown period;
  • support the local visitor economy by attracting those taking staycations, and
  • generate income for Live Borders, thereby helping to subsidise the delivery of a wide range of the charity’s other services.

Key re-opening dates: 

  • w/c 26 April
    • Health and fitness sites, including gyms and swimming pools
  • 17 May
    • Jim Clark Motorsport Museum;
    • Heritage Hub, Hawick
  • 31 May
    • Mobile Library service
  • 28 June
    • Start of a phased reopening of museums and galleries
  • 16 August
    • Indicative start of a phased re-opening of libraries, library contact centres and standalone contact centres. Earlier opening may be possible in certain circumstances
  • 30 August
    • Halls and Community Centres operated by Live Borders
  • TBC
    • Live Borders facilities which are currently supporting COVID-19 vaccination and testing programmes

In order to comply with the strict social distancing, sanitising, and pre-booking operating requirements, services will not be able to reopen to pre-COVID opening times or capacities

For more information, contact the Communications and Marketing team on 01835 826632 or communications@scotborders.gov.uk

For the complete message go to http://carlops.net/messages-from-scottish-borders-council/

The graphic with the lockdown “roadmap” (as of March 18th) can be viewed here



For other recent messages such as:

  • survey on the future of SE Scotland Policy
  • changes in penalties for dog-owners whose dogs are found molesting livestock
  • arrangements for voting on May 6th
  • shielding arrangements
  • messages from NHS Borders

please go to the Messages from Scottish Borders page http://carlops.net/messages-from-scottish-borders-council/




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