Coronavirus updates

This is where we will be posting updates related to COVID-19 and our venues. We will also be sharing advice to help get you through this challenging time. 

Following the First Minister's announcement on Thursday, 10th September, Edinburgh Leisure will continue to reopen the following venues in September:


Reopening on Monday 14th September:

  • Ainslie Park Leisure Centre
  • Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre
  • Drumbrae Leisure Centre
  • The Royal Commonwealth Pool
  • Leith Victoria Swim Centre
  • Gracemount Leisure Centre
Reopening on Monday 21st September:

  • EICA Ratho

For our venues reopening on 14th September, bookings open up at 9pm on Thursday 10th September. We will initially be reopening our gyms, fitness classes, tennis, squash, badminton and also lane swimming in these centres.


In her briefing today, Nicola Sturgeon announced a 'tightening and extension' of lockdown rules. Some changes planned for next week have been put back until at least 5th October. It means that theatres, live music venues, indoor soft play facilities and indoor contact sports for people aged over 12 will not now open next Monday.  Spectators will not be able to return to sports stadia and other venues over the next three weeks.


This therefore affects Edinburgh Leisure’s three soft play centres, Scrambles at the EICA; Clambers at the Royal Commonwealth Pool and Tumbles at Portobello, which will remain closed at this time. 


Our golf courses have been open since 4 June.  Following the First Minister’s update today (10th September), Scottish Golf have clarified the following guidance that on-course golf activities can continue under the current Phase 3 Guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together. 


Scottish Golf have also confirmed that Golf Clubs with hospitality venues should also note that the following changes are effective from Monday 14th September:

  • A maximum of six people from two households can meet both indoors and outdoors.
  • Staff will be required by law to wear face coverings.
  • Customers will be required to wear face coverings while moving around inside a hospitality venue such as entering or exiting a venue or going to the toilet.

Edinburgh Leisure will continue to follow the guidance from Scottish Government and Sportscotland. We are sure you can appreciate bringing Edinburgh Leisure’s diverse range of venues and services back to life in a new Covid-19 environment, after being closed for over 5 months, is a big and complex task. Public leisure services, many charities and businesses throughout the country are faced  with significant financial challenges due to lost income during lockdown and the prospect of operating at reduced capacity to comply with physical distancing measures, and it’s the same for Edinburgh Leisure. However, the Edinburgh Leisure team have never shied away from a challenge and we are still committed to supporting and enabling the citizens of Edinburgh to live active and healthy lives. 


Please keep checking the website and social media channels for more detailed information on what activities are available and what to expect when you visit. We’re introducing a number of changes to ensure a clean and safe environment for you and our employees, fitness instructors, coaches and volunteers. 


Thank you in advance for your co-operation with all the changes and also for your patience.