Council buildings are closed to the public. Read the latest information about coronavirus and its impact on services.

Coronavirus: latest updates

Council buildings closed to the public

The Prime Minister announced the most stringent measures ever brought in by any UK Government to reduce the extreme pressure expected on health services and save lives if we do not act.

As a result, Council buildings are closed to the public. We will continue to deliver essential public services.

The Government have advised that people must only leave home for:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

Additionally, people must not visit family members or friends; all libraries, places of worship and playgrounds will be closed, as will all shops selling non-essential items, and groups of more than two people gathering can be dispersed by the Police.

It is absolutely essential that we all follow this advice.

Coronavirus support and advice


Benefits – are you entitled?

Business support

The Government has made a series of announcements about the support available to businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic:

Support for business 

Community volunteering and support

What we’re doing and how you can help.

Community support

Coronavirus help and support

Get the support you need. Let us know if you or someone you know needs help.

Help and support 

Our find support services map shows organisations that are open but providing an online or phone alternative to their usual activities in response to Coronavirus.

Find support services map

Council service updates

Visit service pages to view the latest information about changes to services.

Council service updates

Parking exemptions for key workers

We are providing parking exemptions for key workers on the front line of the borough’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Key worker exemptions


There have been reports of criminals who are trying to take advantage of people’s vulnerability at a time when they are likely to be distracted by concerns regarding the coronavirus.

Watch out for scams

Schools update

Schools update and advice 

Page updated on: 27 March 2020