GYMS and swimming pools across Inverclyde have closed down to protect customers from the coronavirus.

Bosses at Inverclyde Leisure announced that it has suspended all services and activities until April.

Customers have been told that all memberships will be frozen with no fees.

Chief executive Kieron Vango said: "Inverclyde Leisure has taken the difficult decision to suspend all services and activities to the public from close of business on Wednesday 18th March.

"The safety of our customers and staff is at the forefront of this decision.

"It is expected that this closure will continue until the end of April, however this will be continually monitored and reviewed in line with government guidelines.

"This closure is across all leisure and community facilities both indoor and outdoor and applies to all facilities that Inverclyde Leisure operates."

Swimming lessons, skating lessons and learn to climb direct debits will be automatically frozen with no fees.

Regular bookings and lets will be retained when the facilities re-open.

Any prepaid memberships or block bookings will be extended on a case-by-case basis.

Mr Vango added: "Inverclyde Leisure would like to thank all customers and members for their continued support during this difficult time.

"We will be keeping in regular contact with our customers via social media.

"As a community, if we support each other we can all get through this difficult period."

The leisure trust says it will be releasing regular home workout plans for customers to follow.

He said: "We advise all customers to remain active where possible and hope you stay healthy and safe."