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 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. 


Opening Date
Bookings Live
TriFitnessMonday 26 AprilMonday 19 April
Teviotdale Leisure CentreMonday 26 AprilMonday 19 April
Kelso Swimming PoolMonday 26 AprilMonday 19 April
Galashiels Swimming PoolTuesday 27 AprilWednesday 21 April
Eyemouth Leisure CentreWednesday 28 AprilThursday 22 April
Selkirk Leisure CentreWednesday 28 AprilThursday 22 April
Peebles Swimming PoolFriday 30 AprilTuesday 27 April
Tweedbank GymMonday 3 MayTuesday 27 April
Gytes Leisure CentreMonday 3 MayTuesday 27 April
Jim Clark Motorsport MuseumSaturday 15 MaySaturday 1 May
Heritage HubThursday 20 May
Kelso High School GymMonday 17 MayMonday 17 May
Mobile Library ServiceMonday 31 May
Heart of HawickThursday 24 JuneThursday 17 June
Sir Walter Scott’s CourtroomSaturday 26 JuneMonday 14 June
Borders Textile TowerhouseMonday 28 JuneMonday 14 June
Hawick MuseumThursday 1 JulyMonday 14 June
Galashiels LibraryMonday 5 JulyMonday 5 July
Hawick LibraryMonday 12 JulyMonday 5 July
Jedburgh Castle Jail and MuseumMonday 19 JulyMonday 5 July
Eyemouth LibraryThursday 22 JulyThursday 15 July
Old Gala HouseFriday 23 JulyMonday 12 July
Tweeddale Museum and GalleryMonday 26 JulyMonday 19 July
St.Ronan’s Wells Visitor CentreMonday 26 JulyMonday 19 July
Peebles LibraryMonday 26 JulyMonday 19 July
Coldstream MuseumThursday 29 JulyMonday 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.