Coronavirus restrictions are currently in place in England.
The gov.uk website has the detail on what this means for you.
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
From 12 April:
- Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
- Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
- Work from home if you can and minimise travel
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
If you live alone, or you are a single parent who lives only with your children, you can meet one other household without social distancing. This is called a support bubble.
Not everyone meets the criteria for a support bubble. You can check if you do on the government website.
Coronavirus vaccination programme
The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine is being run nationally by the health service. Find out more on the NHS website.
Our customer services centre in Harrogate has reopened for pre-booked face-to-face appointments.
This website is available 24/7. If you sign up for a My Account, you can manage things like your council tax online.
The following services are closed until further notice:
- Ripon Spa Baths, Starbeck Baths and Knaresborough swimming pool
- The Mercer Art Gallery
- The Royal Pump Room Museum
The coronavirus restrictions means other services may not operate as normal.
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Support if you are affected by the coronavirus
There is lots of support available if you are struggling as a result of Covid-19, from financial advice to help if you have to self isolate.
Support available in the community
If you are unable to call on assistance from your family, friends or neighbours, you should contact one of the six community support hubs across the district:
Harrogate and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. 01423 813096 or [email protected]
Boroughbridge and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm. 01423 324504 or [email protected]
Knaresborough and surrounding villages: Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. 07593 882340 or [email protected]
Ripon and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. 01765 603631 or [email protected]
Masham and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm. 01765 680200 or [email protected]
Pateley Bridge, surrounding villages and the Nidderdale Valley: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm. 01423 714953 or [email protected]
If you are shielding because you have underlying health conditions , you need to take extra care to protect yourself from the coronavirus. Stay at home as much as possible. Only go outside for exercise. Do not visit someone else's home.
For out of hours emergencies contact North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 780780 or our emergency team on 01423 500600.
Foodbanks across the district
Our local food providers are here to help you and your family if you find yourself in need of food. They can provide you with food parcels including basic provisions and some provide cooked meals or a combination of both.
Please contact your nearest provider to find out how they can help you. All enquiries are dealt with in strict confidence:
Harrogate, Starbeck and Knaresborough Foodbank
Ripon, Boroughbridge and Masham Foodbank
01423 714953, 07792 419982 or [email protected]
01423 593937 or [email protected]
Harrogate St Peters Church
Breakfast take away: Monday to Saturday 8.15am to 8.45am
Hot meal: Monday to Saturday 4.30pm to 4.50pm
Hot meal takeaway: Sunday at 1pm
Harrogate Supporting Older People
Food, essential items and single portion fresh meals (not just for older people) delivered to Harrogate, Knaresborough and villages.
07535 508043 or [email protected]
Boroughbridge and district Community Care
Food, essential items and hot cooked meals delivered to Boroughbridge and surrounding villages
01423 324504 or [email protected]
If you are in a position to support one of the district's food providers, donations will be much appreciated.
Our local clothing and furniture banks are here to offer free, good quality, previously owned clothes and furniture to anyone in need
Harrogate Clothes Bank
01423 589148 or [email protected]
The Village (clothes and equipment for pregnancy, baby and infants 0-6 years) [email protected]
Canaan Warehouse (furniture) [email protected]
Financial and wellbeing support
If your financial situation has changed as a result of Covid-19, you may need support with household payments, debts or living costs.
If you are on a low income, cannot work from home and are required to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus test, (or because you have been in close contact with someone who has) extra financial help is available.
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is also really important while you're at home because of the coronavirus.
The mental health charity, Mind has useful advice on its website.
Claiming benefits, rent and council tax
If your income has changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and you are concerned about paying your rent or council tax, we can help.
- you can apply to have your council tax reduced. We can also review your monthly payments, spread them across 12 months or arrange a payment ‘holiday’
- if you are of pension age and need help to pay your rent, you can apply for housing benefit
- if you receive housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit and you are struggling to pay the remainder of your rent, we may be able to give you a temporary, extra rent top up from our discretionary housing payment fund
- if you are working age and need help with your rent or day to day living costs, you can claim Universal Credit and/or Job Seekers Allowance direct from the Department of Work and Pensions
If you already receive council tax support, or housing benefit, please let us know about any income changes you have so we can make sure we are paying you your correct entitlement.
Please give us a call on 01423 500600 or make an enquiry online.
Advice for community groups
If you are a community group or voluntary organisation planning to resume your activities, help is available.
Advice includes the steps you will need to take, how to complete a risk assessment and preparing your facility for reopening.
How the coronavirus is affecting our services
We're working hard to make sure we continue to provide the local services we know you value and appreciate.
Inevitably, some of the things we do are impacted.
Not all of our services are operating normally, some facilities are unavailable, and activities are not taking place.