Council news on Coronavirus

This is latest news from the Council in response to the Coronavirus

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

Some important announcements are below.

Schools Closing

As of Monday, schools and nurseries will, ordinarily, close for children and young people.

Exams will not go ahead this year. In their place a credible certification model will be used based on coursework, teacher assessments of estimated grades and prior attainment.

Teaching, learning and support will continue for the majority through online learning.

In place of free school meals, families of entitled pupils will receive direct payments.

The Council is working through how to support the children of key workers to enable them to continue to work.

Adult education classes and school lets have been suspended.  

Other closures:

  • Edinburgh Leisure venues
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Theatres, museums and galleries until the end of April

Waste disposal

Residents self-isolating due to Coronavirus symptoms in their household are being urged to dispose of their waste as carefully as possible by double-bagging to keep Edinburgh's bin crews safe.  Read more about this here.

Glass recycling collections

Another waste-related update is the suspension of kerbside glass (blue box) collections from Monday 23 March until further notice to free up collection crews. Communal glass bins used in flatted and tenement areas will continue to be serviced but should only be used by those properties.


Residents will be given a dispensation to park in Pay and Display spaces within their permit zones to make it as easy as possible to park near their homes while working from home or self-isolating. The Council has also instructed its parking contractor to pay special attention to yellow lines and loading areas so that access for food and essential goods deliveries is protected.

Public Transport

Edinburgh Trams and Lothian Buses are keeping their customers up to date with information and service changes online and via their social media channels. Both companies have announced that they are moving to a reduced service from Sunday (trams) and Monday (buses).

Health Advice

You can check the latest advice at NHS Inform.

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.

Councillor Neil Ross

Share this post on social media:

Sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Email.