We are looking forward to reopening on the 26th April, getting the Baths as ready as can be for you, and our previous Covid restrictions will still be in place to help keep us all as safe as possible. As such, bookings for the Pool and Gym are still required for the time being and these will be available from this Monday 12th April. To assist if necessary, Baths Reception will be available from that date via email and over the phone (0141 576 0294) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am – 4pm and again the following week.
For those of you who would like Hairdressing services, I’m glad to say that due to the recent easing of restrictions, we’ll be able to open our doors to Niki Heaney’s clients from next week, again on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am – 4pm until we fully reopen. Niki can be contacted on 07772 864 166 so be sure to book your appointment.
Deepend Bar & Bistro
The Deepend Bar and Bistro will also open on the April 26th. The Deepend will be open from 8am (10am on Sundays) until 8pm each day.
As before under Tier 3 restrictions, social distancing measures will be in place. Numbers at each table will be limited to 4 people from 2 households; you will have to wear your mask or face covering when moving around the space, but not while seated at your table; and social distancing will be reduced to 1m within the Deepend itself.
You will be allowed up to two hours per visit, so bookings are recommended to secure your spot. Deepend staff will be available Monday 19th – Sat 24th from 12noon – 4pm to take bookings on 0141 334 7783.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Baths and would like to highlight some of the measures that are still in place as we re-open, in phases on the 26th April. We want to reassure you, and also show how you can help us open safely for everyone. The safety and comfort of our members, staff and franchisees is of paramount importance in all of our considerations. The current measures we have put in place are in line with Scottish Government guidelines and legislation and allow us to accommodate and protect our members and staff. We will review these each month and respond to advice from the Scottish Government as it changes and share any changes via our website, social media, email newsletters and signage around the building.
Please DO NOT visit if you have had any symptoms of Coronavirus within the previous 7 days, or if you have had contact in the previous 14 days with anybody who has subsequently developed symptoms of Coronavirus.
We will need to record your contact details to facilitate the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect scheme. This means that you will be contacted if anyone who has visited the Baths on the same day tests positive for Covid-19. We will erase all data recorded within 21 days, in line with the Scottish Government’s track and trace policy.
Our re-opening will be phased, with the Pool, Gym, Sports Hall, Hairdressing, opening on 26th April.
There will be new opening hours:
The Pool :
Monday – Friday: 6am-8:45pm
Gym and Sports Hall:
Monday – Friday: 6.15am – 9pm
Key measures include:
- Limiting the number of members in the gym and pool to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Members will be able to book a dedicated time slot both online and on the telephone to avoid queues;
- Each time slot will allow for approx 50minutes swimming or exercise to allow for change over cleaning;
- Staff and members will have their temperature checked on arrival;
- Face Masks should be worn correctly in all areas other than the Pool, when exercising in the Gym or Sports Hall or using the Deepend Bar;
- Foot operated hand sanitiser stations in Reception and at key clearly signposted locations throughout the Club;
- A limited number of WCs will always be available with a ‘one in one out’ procedure and regular cleaning regimes;
- Using a viricidal disinfectant cleaning solution, and increased cleaning schedules to maintain high level of hygiene, including cleaning of spaces between member visits;
- Reception will be staffed during opening hours to greet members, ask you to sanitise hands and help familiarise you with the new procedures;
- A clearly signposted one-way system will be in operation;
- Staff will be wearing face coverings and members will be asked to use these when moving around the building.
Members will have use of the poolside showers for rinsing, cubicles and girls’ changing room. You should arrive beach ready, use a swimming cap and bring your own towel. Lane swimming will be operation to allow for social distancing. We will also be allocating times for family use of the Pool.
Members are asked to arrive ready to train. The Gym will be split, with Cardio equipment in the Sports Hall and Resistance Equipment and Freeweights remaining in the existing gym to allow you to exercise at a safe distance. Spin bikes will also be relocated to the Sports Hall. Members will be asked to clean gym equipment both before and after use; a member of staff will also be present in both areas of the gym to provide assistance.
The Sports Hall
Members are asked to arrive ready to exercise. The Sports Hall will be divided: Court 1 – Exercise Classes; Court 2 – Sports Activity; Court 3 – Gym. Courts 1 & 2 will be timetabled to optimise members’ use of these areas.
For the time being, Changing Rooms, Hot Rooms, Frigidarium, Sauna Suite and Creche will remain closed to comply with current Covid-19 restrictions.
Level 4 Restrictions
To all our members
As you will know, on Saturday afternoon the First Minister announced that from Boxing Day, mainland Scotland will move to Level 4 Lockdown. This means that while the Western Baths Club will close as planned at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve, we do not expect to reopen until 6am on Monday 18th January 2021.
As before it is our intention to suspend all membership payments immediately, putting all memberships into abeyance for January. Those of you have already paid your annual memberships in full will receive a refund for this and any future Covid-related lockdowns. These will be refunded no later than summer 2021; if you would like a refund before this time please do get in touch. Online memberships will of course continue as normal.
Swim and Gym sessions in the Baths will be cancelled for the duration of this new closure, though advance online bookings for January 18th will recommence on January 11th. Of course, until we close, you can also continue to book a table at the Deepend Bar & Bistro this week and also for your return!
During our closure, Reception emails and telephone messaging will be monitored to enable you all to stay in contact with us, but please bear with us as it may take a little longer for us to respond.
This latest lockdown is very disappointing news for us all. Nonetheless may I take the opportunity to thank you all for your support of the Baths, and wish you the very best for the Festive Season.
We’ll see you in the New Year.