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Coronavirus information

Update on National Restrictions:

Government announcement: The COVID-19 Winter plan states that national restrictions can be lifted on 2 December. This is only possible because everyone's efforts during the current restrictions in England have slowed the spread of the virus and eased the pressure on the NHS. On 2 December at 00:01am, across all of England, regardless of tier: 

a. The stay at home requirement will end, with domestic and international travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier. 

b. Shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will reopen. 

c. Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, subject to social distancing. 

d. People will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public spaces - the rule of 6 will now apply as it did in the previous set of tiers.

It is essential that you continue to follow the national restrictions until that point

This page will be updated regularly in line with government announcements.

You must stay at home with a limited set of exemptions: 

  • Only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, work, to care for a vulnerable person or in case of an emergency. When shopping for essentials please consider shopping at off peak times (evenings not weekends).

  • To visit your support bubble 

  • Work from home if you can 
  • Avoid travel unless essential 

The restrictions mean: 

  • All non-essential retail will close, including pubs, restaurants, entertainment venues and leisure facilities except for takeaways. To find support for your business visit “supporting business” page
  • Other businesses including building and manufacturing can remain open provided they follow Government guidance.   
  • Early years, schools and further and higher education will remain open. 
  • There will be further restrictions on household mixing you must not socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble indoors. You can meet one other person from another household.

  • Vulnerable people are asked to minimise their contact with others.
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to stay at home at all times unless for exercise or to attend doctors’ appointments.

For a full breakdown of the national restrictions click here

To find support for your business visit here.

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with your support bubble or, when on your own, 1 person from another household. Children under 5, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

Information about exercise:

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with your household and support bubble, or when on your own, 1 person from another household.

Enjoy the countryside our district has to offer. At weekends, our country parks can be busy, there are so many other parks to discover:

Making your own stories is the best, why not take inspiration from these adventurers?: 

Have your own pirate adventure: 

Find your inner witch or wizard: 

Dare you roam with the dinosaurs in your imagination? 

Be the king or queen of your own castle:

Remember to also follow these five simple rules - 

Maintain regular handwashing HANDS

Wear a face covering, if you can, in any enclosed public space FACE

Maintain social distancing, wherever possible SPACE

Avoid any hugging or close contact with anyone outside your household

Avoid car sharing with anyone outside your household 

Look out for symptoms. If you have any sign of a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, please take action now, by isolating immediately and getting a test by accessing local testing or by visiting or calling 119.

The local testing service is available from Monday to Friday and bookings for appointments can be made at or by calling 01924 224497.

Help us to reduce the spread of COVID-19

We need you to help us identify where we need to focus our support to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 If something is worrying you or you see something you would like us to look at please get in touch to ask for support and to share this information on 0345 8 506506.

Council services 

You can find out which council services are affected here.

Support for businesses: