East Lothian Council Update:- Help Available During New Restrictions

Help for those who are self-isolating for any reason is available on East Lothian Council website and includes:

  • Self-isolation support grants
  • Other financial support for individuals and businesses
  • Access to emergency community food provision
  • Warm clothing grants
  • Crisis grants
  • Winter fuel grants
  • Mental health support
  • Befriending via the Royal Voluntary Service
  • Digital support


NHS Hearing Aid batteries can be obtained from either visiting the council’s main offices or libraries or by contacting the Audiology service directly by email:  audiology@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or by phone on 0131 536 1637 during the following hours:  Mon – Fri 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm.

Main council office and library opening hours are as follows:
John Muir House, Haddington  Mon–Fri 9am–1pm
Brunton Hall, Musselburgh  Mon–Fri 10am–12 noon and 1–4pm
Musselburgh Library  Mon–Fri 10am–1pm and 2–4pm
Haddington Library, John Gray Centre  Mon–Fri 10am–1pm and 2–4pm
Dunbar Library, Bleachingfield Centre  Mon–Fri 10am–1pm and 2–4pm
North Berwick Library  Mon–Fri 10 am–1pm and 2–4pm

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New Scottish Lockdown from Midnight

Nicola Sturgeon has announced a nationwide lockdown to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases. The new lockdown will be similar to March with the “fundamental advice for everyone to stay at home” and will be enforced as a law from midnight.

Schools in Scotland will also now remain closed to most pupils until February at the earliest to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

Under the new rules, people are being told to stay at home, with exceptions for exercise, essential journeys and work purposes if you cannot work from home.

Outdoor gatherings are to be cut back, with people only allowed to meet one person from one other household.

Everyone who can work from home will be required to, and people in the “shielding” category are advised not to go in to work at all.

Places of worship are to be closed, group exercise banned, and schools will largely operate via online and remote learning.

These rules will apply across the Scottish mainland until at least the end of January, and will be kept under review.

For more information visit https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/