COVID-19 Announcement for the EOW Community

Updated: Mar 25

UPDATED 24 March 2020

In line with Government advice as of 23 March 2019, Edinburgh Open Workshop and its facilities and workshops will be closed for all but those who have essential need of the facilities and key access. While the full extent of COVID-19's global impact is yet unknown, the safety of all is paramount and EOW is taking precautionary measures to protect our staff, our employees, and our members.

On 14 APRIL 2020, EOW will revisit the current situation and relevant Government health advice and will respond accordingly with workshop availability. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

EOW will continue to follow hygiene measures and advice from Health Protection Scotland on preventing the spread of infection; regular wiping down surfaces, door handles, machines and card readers etc. Any EOW user who enters the space must also wipe down any surface they touch during their use, and maintain social distance from any other present user.

The most up to date governmental health advice can be found here.

It is vital that we all stay home as much as possible, regardless of if we are exhibiting symptoms or have had contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms. This action is in accordance with Government advice as of 23 March 2020, and crucial to help control the spread of the outbreak.

It's important for all to stay updated on health guidelines from organisations on the front line and make sure you're getting information from reliable sources to avoid spreading misinformation.

Resources for Self-Employed Makers

For our members and other makers facing uncertainty at this time, Craft Scotland has put together an excellent guide and to help you prepare and resources for financial guidance and support.

Creative Edinburgh also has additional information for freelancers, including some tips from working from home, and guidelines around Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for the self-employed.

Independent Arts Projects has also posted a list of resources of benefits, statements, support for arts workers following the COVID-19 outbreak.

As more information on assistance or resources become available, we at EOW will seek to keep you updated – if you know of any additional resources, please feel free to comment with links below.

This is an increasingly uncertain time for you and your loved ones, and also for your business. Rest assured, we will continue to closely monitor the information and advice released by the Government and Public Health Scotland with regards to the spread and containment of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Stay safe and look after each other.

Team EOW


We are a multi arts hub, we champion and celebrate emerging talents and creative innovation, bringing a number of people across a wide range of disciplines and with a wide variety of skills and interests into close quarters. 

We facilitate creative collaboration, providing resources and support to the individuals, creative companies, freelancers and projects that call us home.


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