When will libraries open in Scotland and are they open across the...

When will libraries open in Scotland and are they open across the UK?


Ready to turn a new leaf? Here’s where and when libraries are open… (Picture: Getty)

In England, the country is pushing ahead with is bid to return to ‘business as usual’ as more establishments reopen this weekend.

From today, Saturday 15 August, casinos, theatres and indoor play areas have reopened, joining the likes of pubs, restaurants, cinemas and libraries, which were able to reopen from 4 July.

If you want to know more about when libraries opened up again in other parts of the UK, then read on…

When will libraries reopen in Scotland?

Libraries in Scotland were officially allowed to reopen from mid-July as the country moved into phase 3 of their coronavirus response.

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Explaining the decision to scale their lockdown measures back more slowly, the Scottish government said: ‘as we move into Phase 3, it’s important that we all recognise that the virus has not gone away.

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‘As we have seen in other parts of the world, when given the chance, it can re-establish itself quickly. No matter how carefully we open up, it is likely that the virus will find potential opportunities to spread.’

Scotland wasn’t the only country in the UK to delay in opening libraries.

Are libraries open across the rest of the UK?

Libraries reopened in England from 4 July, while Northern Ireland didn’t reopen libraries until 20 July.

Libraries in Wales from 13 July, however, they were offering a Click and Collect service before that.

They were reopened up and down the UK with new social distancing measures in place, often limiting the number of people allowed in at any one time and introducing one way systems.

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