CORONAVIRUS - ACTION TO SLOW THE SPREAD
You will no doubt have seen the news that the Scottish and UK Governments are strongly advising people over seventy and those at risk from Coronavirus to reduce unnecessary contact. In addition the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible, avoid public transport and stay away from restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinemas and gyms.
Whilst individuals are being encouraged to minimise contact, wholesale closures are not being instructed at present. Rather, it’s expected each organisation will assess and address any risks they perceive.
Advice is chlorinated pools are safe at the moment, although there are other areas within our club where there could be a risk of spreading the virus - even with our increased hygiene and cleaning routines.
Unlike other private or public health facilities, we’re not a busy, high density club. On average there’s 130 people in the building over the course of a 14 hour week day, with a peak of 30 to 40 around 5pm. Indeed a lot of elderly and family members have already decided to reduce their use of the club.
Here are some of the actions we have taken and our advice based on what’s available at the moment
- If you’re in a higher risk group or have symptoms don’t come to the club for at least seven days.
- If you feel unwell in the club inform staff immediately and they’ll help.
- Use hand gel and disinfectant sprays provided around the club.
- Wash your hands and shower before using the pool, saunas, steam rooms or the Turkish Suite.
- Wash your hands and wipe down all gym equipment before and after use.
- Do not leave towels, sheets or costumes lying around - use the baskets.
- Newspapers are withdrawn for the moment.
- School swimming lessons, yoga, exercise classes, guest sign-ins, visitor tours and events are all suspended for the moment.
- The Sunday Swim (6-9pm on Sunday) is suspended for the moment and the club will now close at 7pm on a Saturday and 6pm on a Sunday.
- Staff have been instructed to spray and wipe all areas, equipment and furniture every half hour.
In light of the current advice, we don’t feel it is necessary to close the club at the moment. This of course could change and we’ll always do all we can to help protect members and our staff until we have further advice on safety.
Our General Manager Andrew McGilp, our Deputy General Manager James Findlay and myself are in contact with the Scottish Government advice line, for clarification and will provide updates as and when we can.
It’s a very difficult time for everyone. I’d urge you all to please bear with us and take care of each other.