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

New covid measures introduced

New measures have been in Lancashire as part of a combined effort across the county to help fight Covid-19. 

Following a significant rise in the number of cases, and initial signs that hospital admissions are starting to increase, more stringent measures are to be introduced.

The measures are designed to protect residents in the county from the spread of Covid-19, especially our more vulnerable residents. They are also aiming to preventing a much tighter lockdown.

As part of the measures:

- households  mixing in homes and gardens is prohibited

- bars and restaurants are limited to table service only

- leisure and entertainment venues, including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, are not allowed to open between 10pm and 5am

 

A number of areas of guidance have also been introduced which residents are strongly urged to comply with.

These are:

- Only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work

- Not to attend amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators

Residents are urged to only visit indoor locations such as pubs and restaurants with other members of their household or support bubble.

 

For the latest government guidance on Lancashire restrictions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-west-england-local-restrictions

For Frequently Asked Questions: https://chorley.gov.uk/news/Documents/Covid%2019%20FAQs.pdf​

For the latest full government guidance on national restrictions: http://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september


For information on symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/​
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  • Business support 
  • 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 as much as possible 
    • Work from home if you can
    • Limit contact with other people
    • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
    • Wash your hands regularly
    • Do not leave home if an​yone in your household has symptoms

    For the latest government guidance on Lancashire restrictions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-west-england-local-restrictions

    For Frequently Asked Questions: https://chorley.gov.uk/news/Documents/Covid%2019%20FAQs.pdf​

    For the latest full government guidance on national restrictions: http://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september​

  • 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 are operated by Active Nation Chorley. For information on the reopening of leisure activities, please visit: https://activenation.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

    Parks
    Although parks and open spaces may remain open, some park facilities may remain closed until further notice (e.g. some public toilets) while work to ensure they comply with government guidance.

    At all times, you should continue to observe the latest social distancing guidelines.

    For latest government advice on what you can and can’t do from 4 July please visit: 
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#public-spaces--outdoor-activities--exercise​

    Play areas
    Play areas are now open. 
    Please adhere to governement guidelines when using them.


    Astley Hall and Park

    Astley Hall will remain closed until further notice while we create a safe environment for visitors.

    The accessible toilet at the farm house is now open however other toilets within the park  remain closed until further notice while work to ensure they comply with government guidance.

    Tennis courts and bowling greens are open however we urge you to follow latest guidelines when using them.

    Pets corner will remain closed until further notice – staff and students will continue to attend the site to care for the animals.  

    At all times, you should continue to observe the latest social distancing guidelines.

    For latest government advice on what you can and can’t do from 4 July please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#public-spaces--outdoor-activities--exercise​


    Chorley Markets
    The Tuesday Street market has now reopened, with those traders registered as permanent only. 

    ​The covered market has now reopened.

    Market toilets are open on Tuesdays,Wednesdays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays 9am -4pm, Wednesdays 10.30am - 4pm) 

    While we’re opening to support traders and the town centre, both traders and visitors have a responsibility to adhere to social distancing measures and follow any signage/instructions provided. ​

    Community Centres

    Community Centres are now open however occupancy levels have been reduced as part of social distancing measures.

    All enquiries should be made via https://myaccount.chorley.gov.uk/forms/communitycentrebooking.aspx

    Face coverings should be worn in Community Centres where appropriate, in line with government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

    All Chorley Council community centres have been deep cleaned and COVID 19 signage plus sanitisation stations have been installed.

    New mandatory cleaning and sanitisation responsibilities will be given to all users on site and this additional task time will need to be factored into current hire periods.

    Any groups wishing to use the centres are now required to supply a suitable COVID-19 Risk Assessment and/or management plan, prior to any use and a new COVID 19 induction processes will be undertaken for current hirers and new groups.

    All users of the centres are required to undertake track and trace guidance in keeping records of attendees.

    Drop-in sessions are no longer allowed, and previous sessions that followed this method, will now be required to use an appointment system and provide this information to Chorley Council.

    Please see the government website for the latest guidance on permitted activities within community centres.

    For further enquiries regarding the community centre, please contact philip.harrison@chorley.gov.uk​


    Libraries
    Libaries are operated by Lancashire County Council. They have announced that some libraries, including Chorley Library, will reopen from Monday 27 July with reduced hours and pre-brooked appointments.
    You can find further information here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/libraries-archives-and-museums/

    Household Waste Recycling Centres

    The Recycling Centres are operated by Lancashire County Council. From Monday 6 July cars no longer need an appointment to visit. From Friday 10 July vans and vehicles with trailers can visit by appointment only. In order to ensure social distancing for staff and visitors, there are important changes to the way the recycling centres operate. Find out more on the Lancashire County Council website: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/waste/


     

    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 have been postponed indefinitely and we are now following the constitution, which allows decisions ordinarily taken by full council to be made by the chief executive in consultation with the leader and deputy leader. And the executive members will be able to exercise their functions through executive member decisions. 

    Details on agenda papers and decisions can be found here.

    Chorley Live - With the current restrictions due to Covid-19 we could not host an event that would provide an experience anything like we know Chorley Live can and be able to keep you all safe.

    We are looking at some alternatives for outdoor entertainment that we can bring to the town centre as restrictions allow but the event due to be held on 2 and 3 October will not go ahead.

    We will be moving some of the entertainment online to our Chorley Live Facebook page with a ‘living room live’ event over the weekend.​


    Although cancelling events is disappointing for everyone involved, the health of attendees, exhibitors and staff remain our priority. We’re looking at options for an event we can host when we are able to all get together again.


    • All other events are under review. 

  • 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 Garden Waste Collection Service information 


     

    Garden Waste - Update (1 July 2020)

    ​If you have an existing garden waste subscription then you should have received an email or letter from us regarding renewal, which you can do from 1 July 2020.

    If you already pay by direct debit you don’t need to do anything.

    As our offices are currently closed to the public, we cannot take payments in person, however alternative ways to pay are detailed within your letter/email, including....

    >Sign up to pay by easy direct debit.

    > Pay online at chorley.gov.uk/bins​ using the 'Request a Garden Waste Colleciton' link under the Do it Online section

    >Take your barcode (within the letter) to a Post Office or PayPoint outlet near you

     

    We’re also now taking new signups to the garden waste service, which you can do via our website chorley.gov.uk/bins​ by using the 'Request a Garden Waste Collection' link under the Do it Online section ​or by calling 01257 515355​


     

    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

    The Recycling Centres are operated by Lancashire County Council. From Monday 6 July cars no longer need an appointment to visit. From Friday 10 July vans and vehicles with trailers can visit by appointment only. In order to ensure social distancing for staff and visitors, there are important changes to the way the recycling centres operate. Find out more on the Lancashire County Council website: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/waste/

  • Market Walk 

    For the latest information on which stores are open and their opening hours, please follow Market Walk on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mwchorley/​

  •  ​What's happening at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital? 

    Services available at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre

    The emergency department at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital (CDH) will be temporarily replaced by an urgent care service. The service will be provided by a combination of healthcare professionals. The vast majority of people who currently attend the emergency department at CDH can still have their needs met safely and appropriately by the urgent care service.

    What will the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) provide?
    Most patients with minor injury or illness can be treated by an urgent care service. The UCC will provide a prompt and timely treatment of minor injury and illness 24 hours a day, such as (but not limited to):
    Minor nose bleeds
    Cuts, bites and stings
    Burns and scalds
    Infections (including abscesses)
    Foreign bodies in wounds, ears and noses
    Muscular sprains and strains to shoulders, arms and legs
    Fractures to shoulders, arms, legs & ribs
    Dislocations of fingers, thumbs and toes
    Minor eye conditions including conjunctivitis and foreign bodies
    Minor chest, neck and back injuries
    Minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness or alcohol-related
    Minor allergic reactions
    Minor ailments such as earache, urinary tract infections and sinusitis
    Diarrhoea / Constipation Emergency contraception

    Some patients will require the services provided at Royal Preston Hospital and pathways remain in place to care for them. These include:
    Extensive trauma
    Extensive burns
    Patients requiring resuscitation
    Suspected acute heart attack
    Suspected acute stroke
    High risk gastrointestinal haemorrhage
    Sick children (cardiac arrest/peri-arrest, head injuries)

    The UCC will continue to treat a range of conditions and ambulance cases, such as chest pain, frailty and other non-respiratory medical cases. Having available beds at Chorley will enable the admission of patients that would normally go to Preston, utilising the expertise of the hospital Consultants.

    When will these changes start?
    From Wednesday 1st April, the emergency department and critical care provision at CDH will be reconfigured into a 24 hour UCC. This will be supported by ambulatory care, the inpatient and acute medical teams, GPs and specialist surgical teams.

    Is this a permanent change to services?
    A date for the services to return to their former function cannot be set while we are managing the Coronavirus pandemic, however a thorough plan to safely de-escalate the temporary changes is being prepared.

  • Dental & Pharmacy Provisions 


    Dental Provisions 

    What to do if you have a dental problem during COVID-19 pandemic:

    If you have a dental issue during lock down, it is important that you know how to access help when you need it.
    All high street dental and orthodontic practices can give advice, guidance and prescriptions which you can collect from your local pharmacy.
    If you are in pain or in need of support and need advice, please telephone your dental practice in the usual way. If you are not registered with a dentist, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist or call the Dental Helpline for Lancashire 0300 1234 010.

    Pharmacy Provisions

     For information on Chorley Pharmacies, please click here.​

  • 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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