What has changed now that all the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted?

What has changed now that all the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted?

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 3rd?of August regarding the move to ‘beyond level 0’ we continue to review the government and sport body guidance and make changes to our services and operating arrangements. We will continue to introduce changes safely in our venues over the coming weeks and months, so please continue to visit this page for the latest updates. As ever, the safety of our staff and customers is our priority.  

Here are the Changes in our venues starting from 31st August.  

Each venue will be implementing these changes at a time that is safe for them to do so. However, over the coming week you may see some of the changes below in your venue: 

  • We know that people need time to change so you can get through our gates 10 minutes before your activity starts (instead of 5). 

  • We’re keeping the gap between classes/bookings at the moment.  

  • We are carefully monitoring our air circulation and our CO2 in our venues to ensure we are safely below the limits set by the government. It does mean that we’re still not able to open certain areas or activities such as our saunas and steam rooms. 

  • Perspex screens will start to be removed from our reception areas, cafes and softplays. 

  • Our cafes will bring back re-usable cups. 

  • in our sports halls, you’ll see more activities taking place such as reintroducing of five a side football and basketball. 

  • We’re carrying out sanitisation cleans every 2 – 4 hours and a deep clean at the end of the day.  

  • You’ll be able to use our main doors to enter and leave all our venues.  

  • We’ve reopened our waiting areas in our venues for parents of our coaching children so they can stay in the building whilst waiting for their children.  

  • Throughout September we will be removing the taped lines and spots from our studio floors, in line with government guidance. We would encourage you to continue to keep a safe distance from other class members (the instructor will support with this), wear your mask to and from the studio and remember to wipe down equipment before and after each class. 



A reminder of what has already changed 

  1. In Edinburgh Leisure venues, the changing rooms, toilets, lockers, showers (soap and shampoo allowed) and hairdryers will be available for use. Unfortunately there are a few exceptions to these facilities opening due to there being insufficient ventilation to comply with the current guidance. The changing facilities will not be available at Saughton Sports Complex or the pavilions servicing our pitch venues. And for those customers who use the sports facilities in the high schools - we are awaiting confirmation from our colleagues at the City of Edinburgh Council on the position regarding access to changing rooms. 

  2. In the pool - our lane swimmers will once again be able to rest at the end of the lanes and overtake. 

  3. All the equipment in the gyms will be available. 

  4. There will be no restrictions on the number of adults (when accompanying children) who can go into the soft play frame. 

  5. For those customers who use the sports facilities in the high schools - a minimum number of toilets will continue to be available, pool changing rooms will be fully open for community use including cubicles and lockers, dry changing rooms with adequate ventilation will be open for community use. 

We will be sharing more information with our coaching customers later this week on what these changes mean for them.

We will be introducing further changes e.g. increasing capacity levels in activities, but on a gradual basis. We are reviewing the guidance available from the Scottish Government, sportscotland and the National Governing Bodies of Sport and adapting our operational arrangements to ensure that we continue to provide you with a safe and enjoyable environment.