Covid-19 (coronavirus) information

The coronavirus pandemic is currently causing major disruption to how we lead our daily lives and this page contains all the latest information, what support is available and how you can help.

For the latest information on Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

What you need to do...

• Stay at home
• Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
• Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
• Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

For full guidance on staying at home and away from others, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

• new continuous cough and/or
• high temperature

Further information is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/​
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  • Business support 

    The Government has announced measures to support businesses – you can see all the information here​.

    Business Grants
    We have announced that we’ll be offering advance payment to all the businesses eligible for the small and rural business grant funding (£10,000) and those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 (£25,000) in line with what the Government has promised.

    Please click here to access the Government’s FrequentlyAsked Questions (FAQ) regarding Grant Funding Schemes.​​


    Our teams are dealing with a high volume of enquiries regarding business support and other enquiries relating to the COVID-19 response. Please bear with us while we work through these and we’ll be touch as soon as possible. Thank you.

    Keep up to date with business support
    If you are experiencing any issues that are not covered by current Government support, or would like to be kept up to date on business services, please provide details HERE​ so that we can include you in future communications and also feedback these issues to the Government. 

    Chorley Council commercial tenants
    We are currently engaged in a range of activity in response to the Covid-19 situation. Alongside this, we are currently formulating our policy around commercial leases and rent collection in respect of the current situation. We will be in touch with all tenants in the coming days.


    Self-employment Income Support Scheme
    The Government have announced measures of support for those who are self-employed through the (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme. You can find out more information including eligibility criteria on the Government website HERE​. HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online.​


    Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
    The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered through 40+ British Business Bank accredited lenders and partners, is designed to support the continued provision of finance to UK smaller businesses (SMEs) during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please click HERE​ for more information.

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
    The coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see guidance on the Government website HERE​


    Business Crime Advice
    Lancashire Constabulary have produced crime prevention tips and guidance that may assist your organisation and your employees. Click here to view.​


    Useful links
    There is a lot of useful information for businesses on the Government website - please click here.

    Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub 
    As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on businesses, Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, is refocussing all its efforts from growth support to business resilience support. Click here to find out more

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  • Chorley Together - Community Support 

    Chorley Together - Doing​ what we can to protect our communities and most vulnerable. Click here to find out more.​

  • Help with council tax 

    We know people may be struggling financially so if you need help with your council tax payments due to the virus please get in touch and we will see what we can do. To request help email contact@chorley.gov.uk​ or call 01257 515431. We are also looking at national support on this and will update further when we have more information.

  • How do I avoid catching or spreading coronavirus 


    The advice is:
    • Stay at home
    • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
    • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
    • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

     For full guidance on staying at home and away from others, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

    • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
    • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
    • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
    • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
    • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
    • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
    • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
    • only travel on public transport if you need to
    • work from home, if you can
    • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

    For further information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

    Or https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection​

  • Accessing our services 

    Following government guidance regarding coronavirus, our Union Street Office is currently closed to the public until further notice. We apologise for this inconvenience but we're sure you'll understand this necessary measure to protect both customers and staff from infection. Many things, such as bill payments and reporting issues can be done on this website. You can also contact us by phone on 01257 515151.

    We have plans in place to ensure services continue as close to normal as possible but it is likely some services will be affected in the coming weeks - we will update here if the situation changes.

  • Building Closures 

    Union Street Office
    Our Union Street Office is currently closed to the public until further notice. Many things, such as bill payments and reporting issues can be done on this website. You can also contact us by phone on 01257 515151.

    Leisure Centres
    Our leisure centres operated by Active Nation Chorley will be closed until further notice following guidance from the Government.

    Parks
    Park facilities are closed (e.g. public toilets). Although parks and open spaces may remain open, if you visit them we urge you to....

    - Go for a short walk only.
    - Keep away from other people who may be using the park (at least 2 meters apart).
    - Return home and wash your hands when you get home.

    For latest government advice on staying at home and avoiding others, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others


    Play areas
    Play areas are closed until further notice.

    Astley Hall and Park

    Astley Hall will not reopen at Easter and events held at the hall, schools programme and exhibitions will be either cancelled or delayed until further notice.

    Although we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open spaces and so the park remains open but you must follow the guidance on social distancing.

    Pets’ Corner in Astley Park will be closed to members of the public until further notice. Staff and students will continue to attend the site to care for the animals and the adjacent public toilets will remain open.


    Chorley Markets
    Due to the current government guidance on social separation, with the exception of traders selling food products essential in supporting residents, we have taken the decision to cancel the Tuesday Street Market.

    The covered market will be closed except for essential food stalls on the perimeter (which are operating Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only) until further notice.​

    Community Centres
    Community Centres are now closed (and their nursery groups no longer operating) until further notice.

    Libraries
    All Lancashire County Council libraries are closed until further notice, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
    You can find further information and links to online resources here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus/libraries-archives-and-museums/

    Household Waste Recycling Centres
    Lancashire County Council have taken the decision to close all Household Waste Recycling Centres with immediate effect, until further notice.​

    West Street Car Park
    West St car park is now closed to the public (for both parking and pedestrian thoroughfare). This will allow access and parking for The Chorley Surgery COVID-19 portakabins only.

  • Events and Meetings 

    • All council meetings during week commencing 16 March and 23 March have been cancelled. We are awaiting Government guidance on how we deal with meetings that are due to take place beyond these dates.

    • We have made the decision to postpone this year's Chorley 10k & 2K Family run until Sunday 30 August. If you are registered for the event, please click here to find out more information.​

    • All other events are due to take place as planned but these will be under constant review. You’ll appreciate we have more pressing matters to deal with at the moment and will make any announcements on future events in due course and good time.

  • Local elections 

    The local elections scheduled for Thursday 7 May have been cancelled by the Government and will take place next year.

  • Planning conditions and supporting the response 

    To help ensure supermarkets can replenish their stock we are following the government advice to have a pragmatic approach to enforcing planning conditions relating to night-​time deliveries. We appreciate this may cause some disruption for residents living close to supermarkets but we hope you can understand the decision. We expect the drivers and staff unloading to be courteous and will monitor the situation.

  • Waste - including disposal of infected waste 


    Garden Waste
    To help people out with their finances at this difficult time we are delaying taking payments for garden waste collections until July.

    Renewals for the 2020/21 collection year would be due this month (April) but we appreciate people may prefer not to have another payment to make at the current time.
    We will continue to empty garden waste collection bins as normal for now but we won’t be issuing new stickers until July.
    The subscription year will still run from 1 May until 30 April and we will remind everyone of how and when they can pay nearer the time.
    During these challenging times we are focusing our resources on maintaining existing collections and are not accepting any new garden waste subscriptions for the time being.

    If you haven’t got a garden waste collection here are a few tips as to what you can do:

    - Have a compost bin or heap and add material including old plants, soft prunings and kitchen waste that will not attract rats, such as fruit and veg peelings.

    - Bury soft garden waste when digging empty plots including the vegetable garden;

    - Avoid bonfires, because recent windy weather has left material very dry so it may burn too fast and risk fires getting out of control;

    - Woody prunings can be cut up with secateurs and stacked to rot in an out of the way place to help wildlife or, snipped fine, spread back on the ground amongst trees and shrubs.

    - Pruning now can disturb birds so only do it if you are sure no birds are nesting in the shrub or hedge. Otherwise leave pruning until September.

    - Bundles of twigs and hollow stems can be tied up and wedged in walls, trees or in boxes to make resting and nesting areas for insects.


    Disposal of infected waste
    We have issued guidance for residents to change the way waste is handled at properties where possible COVID-19 cases have been identified. The advice is specifically for households who are currently self-isolating or households where one or more persons have mild symptoms as identified by the recent national guidance.

    Read guidance here: http://website.chorley.gov.uk/news/Pages/New-guidance-for-residents-about-waste-collection-in-the-wake-of-the-on-going-COVID-19-outbreak.aspx​

    Household waste recycling centres
    Lancashire County Council have taken the decision to close all Household Waste Recycling Centres with immediate effect until further notice.: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus/waste/​


    Large/bulky item collection requests
    Until further notice, we won’t be taking any new large item collection requests. At the moment we intend to still carry out those collections that are already booked (up to 6 April).

  • Market Walk 

    Some stores in Market Walk are currently closed in line with latest government guidelines about reducing the spread of coronavirus. Some stores that provide essential food items and chemists may still be open. For the latest information please follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mwchorley/​

  • Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas 

    Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice​ is constantly under review, so that it reflects latest assessment of risks to British people.

    For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

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