THE operators of the Vikingar complex in Largs say they have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to the tune of nearly £3m.

No date has been given as yet as to when the Vikingar! which includes swimming pool, gym, visitor centre, and theatre, will re-open.

Throughout lockdown, KA Leisure have been offering fitness classes on their digital channels - but this week warned customers that some facilities may not return for an 'elongated period' of time.

A spokesman said: "Closure of our facilities during the current coronavirus pandemic has presented many financial and operational challenges and at this stage there is a projected £2.8million loss of income for the current financial year.

"Working in partnership during these uncertain times is more important than ever. We are grateful to North Ayrshire Council for their continued support and guidance."

KA Leisure is a not for profit organisation and a registered Scottish charity, which relies on customer income and a financial contribution from North Ayrshire Council to deliver services.

The spokesman continued: "As we move forward, it is necessary to adjust how we operate and deliver services in order to comply with Scottish Government, public health guidance and industry and sports governing bodies guidelines.

"We want to ensure that both our staff and customers feel comfortable, confident and safe in our venues, by focusing on customer physical distancing, protection measures and enhanced cleanliness and hygiene.

"Unfortunately given the complexities involved, particularly in relation to physical distancing, increased hygiene measures and the process of returning staff to the workplace following being furloughed, it will not be possible to open all our facilities and activities at the same time.

"We understand customers may be disappointed that activities or services may not be reopening immediately following any Scottish Government decision and, in some instances, may not re-open for an elongated period. Decisions relating to the potential re-opening timeframe will be difficult and will be based on operational and financial considerations.

"We will continue to adopt a flexible approach and revise our plan in light of emerging guidance.

"We eagerly await further guidance from the Scottish Government relating to resuming our activities."

Despite the downturn, golf has seen an upswing in interest at Routenburn as customer visits increased during June 2020 in comparison to June 2019, KA Leisure reported.