Coronavirus update

The latest advice from the Scottish Government on staying at home is here.  Guidance for businesses on social distancing is available here.

The Council’s latest advice and announcements on services are available here

Some recent announcements are below.

Learning and Childcare for Key Workers

The Council is working to provide prioritised learning and childcare for the children of key workers.  24 schools have been opened to cater for children from families where both parents and carers are key workers and who have no other possible childcare arrangements.  Key workers have been defined by the Scottish Government here and can apply for childcare and learning arrangements by completing a form available here.

Home Fitness and Lifestyle Tips

Stay fit and healthy at home! Edinburgh Leisure is giving lots of free home fitness and lifestyle tips on its website, including free Workouts with Les Mills on Demand here.


Until further notice, all on-street pay and display parking charges have been suspended to support key workers who need to travel using their own vehicles.

All other parking restrictions, such as; yellow lines, loading bays, disabled parking places and car club places will continue to be enforced as usual.

Closures to encourage social distancing:

  • Household Waste Recycling centres
  • Special waste uplifts
  • Children’s play parks and
  • ‘beauty spot’ car parks

City Plan 2030 & City Mobility Plan

The consultations on Choices for City Plan & the City Mobility Plan were due to close on 31 March but have been extended to 30 April.  You can find them via the Council’s Consultation hub here Choices and MobilityPlan.

Grants for Businesses

Applications for the £10,000 and £25,000 grants for businesses can made via the Council’s website here.  The Council is aiming to start issuing the grants from 1 April.

Registrations suspended

In line with Scottish Government advice, birth registrations and weddings have been suspended – as have death registrations, which will move to a system of remote registration once introduced nationally.

Financial Help and Advice

The Money Saving Expert website has some comprehensive advice on coronavirus impacts on financial matters such as sick pay, mortgages, credit cards, savings, rental help, cancellation and subscription refunds, energy top-ups etc. here.

Shut out the Scammers

Police Scotland is warning the public to be cautious of strangers offering services both at the door and online.  If someone comes to your door, always ask for identification.  Never give people money or your bank details if they offer to do shopping for you and you don’t know them.  Read more here.

Health Advice

You can check the latest advice at NHS Inform.

Asthma and COPD

Asthma UK’s advice is here and helpline is 0300 222 5800.

The British Lung Foundation’s advice is here and helpline is 03000 030 555.

Support and Advice

This is an anxious and uncertain time but I want you to know that I am ready to help in whatever way I can.

You can email me at: [email protected]

Or phone: 07738 116055

For more regular updates on my work, please like or follow my Facebook page 

I hope you found this practical advice and information helpful.

Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward

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