Updated 30 July 2021
The Scottish Government has announced an easing of lockdown restrictions and a return to local protection levels.
If you’re in the highest risk group, you should follow the general advice for your local protection level. The highest risk group used to be known as ‘the shielding list’. You can read the latest Scottish Government guidance for the highest risk group to find out more.
Support for for residents who are in the highest risk group or are vulnerable
If you're in the highest risk group, or you are vulnerable and need guidance or help, you can call us on
0131 200 2306
Out of hours, if emergency support is needed call
0131 200 2000
Rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
Everyone can now request supplies of lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits. Lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits can give quick results for people that have no symptoms (asymptomatic). The tests are intended to be taken regularly in order to identify people who may have Covid-19 before they develop symptoms.
If you are on the highest risk group, you may find it beneficial if members of your household participate in regular testing.
You can order your LFD testing kit or call
0300 303 2713
To allow us to support our most vulnerable residents, we have established five Council Resilience Centres (CRCs) for people who require access to emergency assistance with urgent homelessness, collection of pre-arranged cash payments, and harassment cases where imminent and real threat exists. For other services, due to risk of coming to our buildings, please don’t visit a CRC, please contact us via phone or online instead. Find details of how to get in touch, including the location of your nearest CRC.
Other groups that can help
Volunteer Edinburgh's Community Taskforce has fully trained and insured volunteers who are able to help anyone who needs support with practical tasks such as shopping, pet care, dog walking or small gardening tasks. If you or someone you know needs help please contact them on 0131 225 0630 or email [email protected]
Further information and support
We also have lots of information on our Coronavirus webpages which might give you the advice and information you need:
- Supporting parents, children, young people and carers
- Information and advice for council tenants
- Looking after yourself – mental health and wellbeing
- Homelessness services
- Council tax, benefits and welfare advice
- Get help with food and medicine deliveries
- Help and information for people affected by dementia
- Replacement batteries or repairs for your hearing aid