Coronavirus updates & What’s Open

On Saturday 5 June 2021 we moved to Level 1 under the Scottish Governments new structure of local Covid protection levels.

As we move to Level 1 restrictions we will reopen services under the phases we published on 14 April.

Live Borders and Scottish Borders Council outlined dates for the phased reopening of further services across the region as the COVID-19 situation continues to improve.

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. 

FacilityOpening DateBookings 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

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. Earlier opening may be possible in certain circumstances
• 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.