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A major provider of services across Argyll has announced a sudden shut down from 5pm tonight as a result of the threat of coronavirus.
LiveArgyll, which is responsible for the operations and
management of leisure and library services for Argyll and Bute Council, said it had taken the ‘difficult decision’ to close all its facilities which include pools, gyms, libraries, community centres and halls.
Its landmark Corran Halls serves Oban although services stretch as far as Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead and the £18 million leisure centre and swimming pool at Helensburgh.
The company said in a statement issued this afternoon that it was acting on ‘government guidance’ and would ‘suspend all programmes and cancel all events until further notice’.
Membership direct debits will be ‘frozen with immediate effect,’ said the statement.
It added: ‘Members that have made an annual upfront payment will receive a corresponding extension over and above their initial 12 months.
‘Members do not need to do anything as this process will happen automatically. All members will receive a letter by post to inform them of the freeze dates and the process.’
Library customers with books currently on loan will also have them extended automatically.
The statement added: ‘Customers will receive refunds for any cancelled events and programmes.’
LiveArgyll is a distinct commercial entity and generates income from delivering its services but also receives funding from Argyll and Bute Council.
The company runs five leisure centres, nine halls and community centre, including 13 libraries in Oban, Tiree and Tobermory on Mull.
In its business plan covering 2017-21, the company employed 137 full-time staff and depended on an annual income of around £5.7 million.
People are advised to follow updates on www.liveargyll.co.uk