Angus swimmers are back in the pool for the first time since March.
Forfar community campus has led the way with a resumption of public lane swimming, but leisure chiefs have said the return of family fun, inflatable sessions and aqua aerobics will remain on hold.
Arbroath sports centre, Brechin community campus and Montrose sports centre are all scheduled to re-open on October 12, with swim club sessions set to return a week later.
Operators Angus Alive have put in place tight safety measures to ensure pools are Covid secure, including the need for swimmers to arrive “pool ready”.
Specially allocated containers and cubicles to store clothing and change after use are in place and customers also have to book and pay for sessions online in advance.
Angus Alive senior manager for sport and leisure, Colin Knight said: “We know that some people will be disappointed that we are not able to provide family swim sessions, lessons, inflatables or aqua aerobics at the moment but we’d like to reassure people that we hope to be able to offer these at some point in the future.”
Angus Alive began reopening its sports centres from September 14 and they have so far welcomed more than 8,100 visitors through their doors.
Angus Alive’s hopes of achieving a 17% savings target by 2023 have been wrecked by the crisis and a radical redesign of services is in the planning.
Meanwhile, the authority has announced the return of drop-in services at local libraries for people who cannot access the council’s services online or by phone.
Arbroath library will be first to offer Access services from October 5, followed by the other burgh libraries in the coming two weeks.
Angus communities convener, Montrose independent councillor Mark Salmond said: “Wherever possible, we want people to use our digital services. This is more important now than it has ever been as we all try to minimise face-to-face contact during the coronavirus pandemic.
“But we also realise that the Access service provided in Angus Alive libraries are an important lifeline for a small minority of our citizens who, for whatever, reason cannot access our services online or by phone.”