Message reinforced following latest update from the Scottish Government

The chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure has highlighted the safety measures that the charity continues to follow in order to mitigate the risks posed by Covid-19.

Dr Victoria Hollows says vigilance remains high – with stringent measures in place – across the organisation’s leisure, sport, cultural and community venues throughout the region.

She reinforced the message after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tightened guidance in an attempt to battle the coronavirus Omicron variant, including the reintroduction of physical distancing in the likes of shops and hospitality venues.

Dr Hollows said: “Our staff, customers and the wider community should feel reassured that our charity’s entire team is doing all that it can to keep everyone safe. 

“For example, we have maintained physical distancing between equipment in our gyms and other venues since reopening following lockdown earlier this year. We also have rigorous cleaning regimes in place.

“The team here has been fantastic in following guidelines at all times and doing all they can to ensure that those using our sites and services have been able to do the same. We have, however, reiterated our safety messages to colleagues this week. Visitors should feel confident that their safety and that of colleagues is our priority.

“We all have a part to play in trying to prevent further strain on our NHS by doing all that we can to slow the spread of Covid-19. Visitors to our sites can help that by following the safety and hygiene measures we have in place, including physical distancing.”

Guidance shared with staff this week includes asking them to follow all of the guidelines shared by the Scottish Government, whether at work or home. This includes having no Christmas gatherings. Calls for them to be fully vaccinated have also been repeated.

Renfrewshire Leisure is monitoring all Scottish Government advice and will react immediately on any updates to that.

Any knock-on effects from the wider work to tackle Covid-19 on services will be shared with members and customers as they emerge.