Coronavirus update

Corona Virus updates from North Edinburgh Arts

25 March 2020

Due to the latest lockdown restrictions, we are no longer able to open our doors for our takeaway service between 12noon – 2pm. Sadly, the North Edinburgh Arts building will be closed from tomorrow, Thursday 26 March until further notice. Although our building’s doors are shut, we’re working closely with our community partners to develop a local food network, getting food to those who are vulnerable or isolating, and provide other important services.

If you live locally and need support in these challenging times (or if you’d like to register your interest in helping in some way), please get in touch with us by emailing admin@northedinburgharts.co.uk and we will try our best to link you into your local support networks.

Thank you for your continued support!


17 March 2020

Given the unprecedented situation we are all facing due to the Corona Virus, North Edinburgh Arts will be changing what we do, over the coming weeks and perhaps months.
To ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff we will be closing the building to the public from Tuesday 17 March until further notice. This means all creative and group activities run by us and our partners will be postponed.

We know that the NEA building is a key meeting place and point of exchange and support for many people across our community. To ensure that we continue with essential work, and play a part in the current and developing network of community support we will running essential services (please check for updates regularly).

We will be reviewing and updating this plan regularly.

Please help us help each other keep healthy at this time by following official guidance:
• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
• Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
• Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority
• Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.
Phone your GP if your symptoms:
• are severe or you have shortness of breath
• worsen during home isolation
• have not improved after 7 days
• You should also phone your GP if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:

• are 60 years old or over
• have underlying poor health
• have heart or lung problems
• have a weakened immune system, including cancer
• have diabetes
• If your GP is closed, phone NHS 24 (111).

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

For more information about the current Coronavirus situation, please visit the Scottish Government’s website.