Coronavirus information for residents

The government has removed the remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19:

  • get vaccinated 
  • let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces

Find out more about living safely with Covid-19 on the government's website 

The North Yorkshire County Council website has the latest information on how the virus is affecting our district .

Customer services

Our customer services centre in Harrogate is open for pre-booked face-to-face appointments.

Please call us on 01423 500600 to arrange to come in and see us. You can also send us a message or send an email to

This website is available 24/7. If you sign up for a My Account, you can manage things like your council tax online.

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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

Boroughbridge and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm. 01423 324504 or

Knaresborough and surrounding villages: Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. 07593 882340

Ripon and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. 01765 603631 or

Masham and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm. 01765 680200 or

Pateley Bridge, surrounding villages and the Nidderdale Valley: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm. 01423 714953 or

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
Food collections (referrals only).
Holy Trinity, Knaresborough - Fridays 10.30am until 12.30pm.
Mowbray Community Church, Harrogate - Tuesdays and Fridays 10.30am until 12.30pm.
Life Destiny Church, Starbeck - Thursdays 10.30am until 12.30pm.

Ripon, Boroughbridge and Masham Foodbank
Food collections by appointment from Ripon Community House, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am until 1pm.

Nidderdale Foodbank
01423 714953, 07792 419982 or

Resurrected Bites 
Pay As You Feel Cafes are now open at Gracious St Methodist Church in Knaresborough on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am until 2pm and at West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate on Wednesdays 10am until 2pm. All cafes have a 'pay as you feel' shop so you can take produce away with you too. Please bring your own bags. For news on when the community groceries will open please visit

Harrogate St Peters Church
Breakfast 8.20am until 8.45am Monday to Saturday (eat in)
Hot meal 4.30pm until 4.50pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (eat in or take away)
Sunday lunch 1pm until 1.30pm Sundays (eat in or take away)
Mini Supermarket every Thursday 4.30pm until 4.50pm (collection only).

Boroughbridge and district Community Care
Food, essential items and hot cooked meals delivered to Boroughbridge and surrounding villages
01423 324504 or

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
Now operating from Hornbeam Park.  Please visit their Facebook page for opening hours.
01423 589148 or

The Village (clothes and equipment for pregnancy, baby and infants 0-6 years)

Canaan Warehouse (furniture)

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.

Help is available across the district.

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
  • 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're having difficulties paying your council tax, please contact us straight away. We can discuss the options available, such as alternative payment arrangements and will do our best to help

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.

How the coronavirus is affecting our services

Not all of our services are operating normally, some facilities are unavailable, and activities are not taking place.

We're working hard to bring back all the local services we know you value and appreciate. Thank you for bearing with us.