Coronavirus updates & What’s Open
An update on Covid restrictions easing to ‘Level 0’ on 19 July.
From 00:01 on Monday 19 July, physical distancing in Level 0 will reduce to 1 metre in all indoor public settings and outdoors.
- We are currently awaiting further detailed guidance so at this point we are not making any changes to our services or operating arrangements.
- Adult indoor contact sports can now take place and we are awaiting further detailed guidance on this. You can register your interest with your local facility.
- Heart of Hawick Cinema capacity will increase to 60 (including 2 wheelchair spaces) from 19 July.
In line with Scottish Government guidelines, the wearing of face masks will continue to be mandatory for the safety of customers and staff. Customers must continue to use face coverings in public areas of our buildings, this includes all reception and spectating areas, corridors, stairs, library buildings, museums and lifts, plus changing rooms and toilets. The First Minister indicated this will remain ‘in all likelihood, for some time to come.’
The First Minister advised that she remains hopeful that the 9 August will see a move beyond level 0, which could see a wider change in operations, and we will highlight these nearer time, with a Scottish Government update expected the week before 9 August. We will continue our phased reopening in line with the joint recovery plan, with public and staff safety as our priority.
Live Borders and Scottish Borders Council published dates for the phased reopening of further services across the region as the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, and have accelerated the reopening of some libraries.
Both organisations are working in close partnership as a regional COVID recovery plan is developed, focused on restarting services, promoting health and wellbeing, supporting vulnerable people, reinvigorating the local economy and seizing new opportunities.
Both Live Borders and the Council recognise how much customers, communities and visitors value these services, which range from swimming pools to museums. The jointly agreed reopening plan acknowledges this while also taking into account a range of other current factors, which include the vital support being provided through Live Borders facilities and their staff for the critically important COVID vaccination programme, ongoing Test and Protect, and where services cannot be delivered through alternative means.
What is opening and when?
Below is the provisional reopening schedule. Click on the facilities below to see initial opening times.
Please note that Scottish Government restrictions of social distancing and pre-booking will likely remain in place for some weeks to come, which will affect the maximum capacities we can operate. We will expand our services as restrictions ease.
Members can book sessions eight days in advance, while non-members can book five days in advance.
For any customer queries, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and the your question. To talk with our team, we have a dedicated phone line, please call 01450 390 511. Office hours are 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00-13:00 on Saturday.
|TriFitness||Monday 26 April||Monday 19 April|
|Teviotdale Leisure Centre||Monday 26 April||Monday 19 April|
|Kelso Swimming Pool||Monday 26 April||Monday 19 April|
|Galashiels Swimming Pool||Tuesday 27 April||Wednesday 21 April|
|Eyemouth Leisure Centre||Wednesday 28 April||Thursday 22 April|
|Selkirk Leisure Centre||Wednesday 28 April||Thursday 22 April|
|Peebles Swimming Pool||Friday 30 April||Tuesday 27 April|
|Tweedbank Gym||Monday 3 May||Tuesday 27 April|
|Gytes Leisure Centre||Monday 3 May||Tuesday 27 April|
|Jim Clark Motorsport Museum||Saturday 15 May||Saturday 1 May|
|Heritage Hub||Thursday 20 May|
|Kelso High School Gym||Monday 17 May||Monday 17 May|
|Mobile Library Service||Monday 31 May|
|Heart of Hawick||Thursday 24 June||Thursday 17 June|
|Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom||Saturday 26 June||Monday 14 June|
|Borders Textile Towerhouse||Monday 28 June||Monday 14 June|
|Hawick Museum||Thursday 1 July||Monday 14 June|
|Galashiels Library||Monday 5 July||Monday 5 July|
|Hawick Library||Monday 12 July||Monday 5 July|
|Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum||Monday 19 July||Monday 5 July|
|Eyemouth Library||Thursday 22 July||Thursday 15 July|
|Old Gala House||Friday 23 July||Monday 12 July|
|Tweeddale Museum and Gallery||Monday 26 July||Monday 19 July|
|St.Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre||Monday 26 July||Monday 19 July|
|Peebles Library||Monday 26 July||Monday 19 July|
|Coldstream Museum||Thursday 29 July||Monday 19 July|
The services being prioritised for reopening will also help to:
• support getting communities active and, consequently, healthier again following the lockdown period;
• support the local visitor economy by attracting those taking staycations, and
• generate income for Live Borders, thereby helping to subsidise the delivery of a wide range of the charity’s other services.Key reopening dates:• w/c 26 April – Health and fitness sites, including gyms and swimming pools
• 17 May – Jim Clark Motorsport Museum; Heritage Hub, Hawick
• 31 May – Mobile Library & Home service
• 28 June – Start of a phased reopening of museums and galleries
• 16 August – Indicative start of a phased re-opening of libraries, library contact centres and standalone contact centres. Four Libraries will now open earlier under reduced hours: Galashiels, Hawick, Eyemouth and Peebles – see main libraries page for details.
• 30 August – Halls and Community Centres operated by Live Borders
• TBC – Live Borders facilities which are currently supporting COVID-19 vaccination and testing programmes.In order to comply with the strict social distancing, sanitising, and pre-booking operating requirements, services will not be able to reopen to pre-COVID opening times or capacities.The robust and proven alternative provisions of Connect & Collect – where library books can be ordered online and collected from the mobile library – the comprehensive eLibrary catalogue and the restart of the mobile library service will be available to customers until the start of a phased re-opening of library buildings from 16 August.