Access to sporting facilities - coronavirus (COVID-19)
In East Lothian, the return of sports will rely on a number of measures to be put in place in order for people to participate safely. Many of the activities rely on volunteers to allow access to outdoor facilities. It is therefore likely that individual facilities will open at different times and have restrictions in place. We will update this page with information on individual facilities as soon as we receive them.
Make sure you are aware of the restrictions before trying to visit any facility and follow the Government, NHS and relevant sporting body's guidance at all times for the safety of yourself and others.
Sports facilities/ Enjoyleisure
On 7 October the First Minister made a statement to Scottish Parliament outlining a series of temporary measures tightening restrictions in a number of health board areas, including in East Lothian. These measures are intended to stop the rise in coronavirus cases being seen across the country.
The temporary measures will be in place from 6pm on Friday 9 October to Sunday 25 October inclusive and include:
- adult (18+) outdoor contact sport not allowed, with the exemption of ‘professional sport’. (Indoor adult contact sport already prohibited across the country.)
- adult (18+) indoor group exercise activities not allowed.
- outdoor adult non-contact group exercise and indoor adult individual exercise can continue. There is no change to sport and physical activity guidance for under 18s.
For full details of any activities or facilities restricted during this period, please contact the facility operator.
Reopening recreational parks
- public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority and there is a responsibility to do what we can to continue to supress the spread of the virus
- the implementation and restrictions eased in Phase 2 is not a return to sport but a further extension of exercise guidelines to allow access to more outdoor areas for recreational purposes
- engaging in activity is important for supporting physical health, mental health and wellbeing
- the Scottish Government route map in Phase 2 allows for play areas, sports courts and professional sport to return with restrictions in place
- in an East Lothian context, none of the Local Authority sports facilities are used for professional sport purposes
- there will be access allowed to informal spaces that are used for recreational activity - this includes play areas and multi-use games areas (MUGAs) in local parks
East Lothian Golf Clubs
- Musselburgh Golf Club (Monktonhall) - open: Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
- Haddington Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020
- Longniddry Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020
- Craigielaw Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
- Kilspindie Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
- Gullane Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
- North Berwick Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
- Archerfield Golf Club - open Fri 29 May
- Gifford Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020/The Glen Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020
- Dunbar Golf Club - open Fri 29 May.
Dunbar Tennis Club - open 29 May (public Pay & Play available via website only)
Gullane Tennis Club - open 29 May (members only)
Haddington Tennis Club - open 29 May (members only initially)
North Berwick Tennis Club - open 29 May (members only initially)
Musselburgh Tennis Club - open 29 May (public Pay & Play available via website only)
Tranent Tennis Courts - open 29 May – public play, no booking necessary