21st August 2020

Responding to the announcement today by the Scottish Government that gyms, indoor pools and indoor sports courts in Scotland can now reopen from the 31st of August, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“The announcement to bring forward the opening date for gyms, indoor pools and indoor sports courts is the right decision. Their operators are ready and have prepared and invested heavily to ensure they are fully compliant with all guidelines.

“While gyms and pools support public health, we would also like the Scottish Government to do more to support the health of the economy by providing firmer guidance on when non-essential offices can re-open. We would ask that this be kept under review with as early a date as possible to return for those who want to.

“Offices contribute to so many other sectors who rely on their business, especially in our town and city centres. The majority of us are following the guidelines, this needs to continue to ensure we all help build back our economy with no further lockdowns required.”

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