Scottish Borders Council and Live Borders have 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.

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.

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

– 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.

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