Statements and Updates

18 June 2020

Reopening Plans

As you know, the majority of Falkirk Community Trust properties have been closed since March due to the coronavirus emergency. We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that as we gradually reopen, in line with government advice, our sites are fully prepared to provide a safe environment for staff and customers alike.

As lockdown begins to ease across Scotland, the Trust is preparing plans for a phased reopening of venues, in line with the Scottish Government’s ‘Routemap’. Our plan to reopen takes into account the needs of our community along with restrictions on the number of customers and staff we can accommodate safely due to government guidelines. We understand from research we’ve undertaken that we need to keep our staff and customers informed of our plans and that many are nervous about returning to public buildings. People are at the heart of everything we do and we will only reopen facilities when it is safe to do so.

Current Phase – Phase 1 (Effective since 29 May 2020)
The Parks at Callendar Park, Kinneil Estate, Muiravonside Country Park and the Helix remain open.
Grangemouth golf course opened on 29 May with support from Grangemouth Golf Club. The new safety guidance procedures in place are working well and feedback from customers has been very positive. You can find out more about what we’ve done by viewing our short film here.

The Tennis courts at Dollar Park and Zetland Park are also open and operating well with new safety and hygiene guidance in place also.

Phase 2 - anticipate 29 June 2020
Play parks at the Helix Park, Callendar Park and Muiravonside will open on 29 June. We are looking at the feasibility of opening the Plaza Café and Callendar Park Kiosk to coincide with the play parks reopening. It should be noted that the toilets will remain closed in line with government guidelines and we are asking our customers to follow guidance for safe use of the play parks, please see below update from 18 June.

Phase 3 anticipate 9 July 2020 at earliest
Our plan is to prioritise the reopening of a small number of sites, bearing in mind that the services available will be adapted and limited to fit in with the guidance available. We will let our customers know of these changes in advance eg, access and visits will likely require advance booking - full details will be provided prior to opening.
We also plan to open all libraries for a limited time for a collection service bookable online and the Home Library Service will restart again following relevant protocols, again detail on this will follow. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

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