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. 

Scotland’s First Minister (FM), Nicola Sturgeon, made a televised statement on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 to the nation as restrictions are reimposed six months after Scotland went into lockdown in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Whilst the new restrictions will undoubtedly have a negative impact on everyone’s lives, indoor sports and leisure facilities have not had further restrictions imposed.  This means that our seven venues that we reopened in the past few weeks, and our golf courses and outdoor tennis facilities can remain open.

Edinburgh Leisure has developed new procedures and ways of working to ensure our customers and staff feel comfortable and safe returning to their activities and our venues.  We therefore continue to welcome customers at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, Craiglockhart Tennis and Leisure Centre,  Drumbrae Leisure Centre, Gracemount Leisure Centre, Leith Victoria Swim Centre, the Royal Commonwealth Pool, the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho, Meadows Tennis, Saughton and Meggetland, and our six golf courses.

However, the First Minister had previously indicated a proposed date of 5th October for the reopening of soft play facilities and indoor contact sports for adults and young people over 12 years.

In last night’s briefing the FM advised that this date is unlikely to go ahead, which will of course impact Edinburgh Leisure’s three soft play venues: Clambers at The Royal Commonwealth Pool; Scrambles at EICA: Ratho; and Tumbles at Portobello. It will also impact on our restarting of various coaching activities and community bookings in Edinburgh schools, which Edinburgh Leisure currently manages on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

We will continue to follow the Government advice and what this means for Edinburgh Leisure and our services as we have further information. We update our customers directly via email, and post updates on our website and on social media channels. 

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.