Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Council Services and Service Changes

This page will be updated regularly with changes to Council services and amenities.

Bin collections, deliveries and repairs

We are sorry to have to inform you that from Monday 26 July, due to circumstances beyond our control, we need to temporarily suspend collections of garden waste for at least the next two weeks.

This is due to the number of COVID-19 cases increasing in the borough, around 40% of our staff are currently off ill or self-isolating.

Garden Waste collections scheduled up to and including Friday 23 July will be collected, however there may be some delays. Residents affected should leave their bins by the kerbside until they are emptied.

Outstanding orders of any bins and repairs (requested before Friday 23 July) will be fulfilled, however, there may be delays.

Further information is available on the Garden Waste webpage 

Recycling Centres

All bin collections are currently being completed on schedule. Household Waste Recycling Centres remain open.

See Environment and Waste

Parks and Green Spaces

Parks, playgrounds and play areas are open. Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.

Sports courts, such as tennis and multi-use games areas and basketball courts, are open. You must follow social distancing guidelines when using any sports courts or tennis courts.

Car parks, toilets and hand washing facilities remain open where possible with regular cleaning taking place.

Herringthorpe Athletics Stadium is open.

Clifton Park Museum cafe, Rother Valley Country Park cafe and Thrybergh Country Park cafe are open for outdoor and indoor hospitality.

Clifton Park Museum will reopen from 18 May 2021.

Waleswood Camping and Caravan sites is open, including the onsite coffee shop. .

Boston Castle and Rotherham Civic Theatre will remain closed.

Rotherham Libraries

Eleven of Rotherham’s Libraries are open including: Aston, Brinsworth, Dinnington, Greasbrough, Kiveton, Maltby, Mowbray Gardens, Rawmarsh, Swinton, Thorpe Hesley, and Thurcroft.

Riverside House Library and Kimberworth are open for Order & Collect only.

The following libraries will remain closed due to refurbishments: Wath and Wickersley libraries.

Riverside Library will also not be reopening as it continues to operate as a Lateral Flow Testing Centre (LFT).

Services available at libraries will be limited to:

  • Return and issuing of books – public to use self-service library units for issuing loans where these are available.
  • Limited public computers – required to be pre-booked
  • Where there is a suitable cleaning regime in place public toilets will be made available. This will be considered on a site by site basis.

See latest information on library openings and Order and Collect service

Further information about other library services

You can now collect rapid lateral flow test kits from your local library. Click here to find out more.

Leisure Centres

Leisure Centres are open.

Further information about opening times can be found on the Places for People website.

Further guidance about indoor sport and exercise classes

Rotherham Markets

Rotherham Market will be open Monday – Saturday 8:30am-5pm.

The Thursday Bazaar Market will be open from 10am until 4pm.

The Centenary Market Hall, Tuesday Street Market, Wath Wednesday Market, Saturday Crafters, Outdoor Covered Retail and Second-hand markets will all reopen from Monday 12 April 2021.

Schools, Colleges and Early Years

Colleges as well as primary and secondary schools are open.

Early Years settings will remain open, including day nurseries, pre-schools, childminders, nursery schools and Foundation 1 classes in schools.

Arrangements for education in Rotherham

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

Weddings and Civil Partnerships

See Weddings and Civil Partnerships

Remembering Loved Ones

There are currently restrictions on funeral services.

See Registration and Funeral Services 

Cemeteries, Burial grounds and Crematoria

The eight Council-owned cemeteries remain open. These are: East Herringthorpe, Maltby, Moorgate, Haugh Road, Greasbrough, Greasbrough Lane, Masbrough, Wath and East Herringthorpe. The East Herringthorpe crematorium building is closed except for when funerals are taking place.

Bereavement Listening Service

If you have lost a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic, you can talk to a trained therapist who can offer emotional health and wellbeing support.

Freephone 0800 048 5224

Visit the Listening Service website 

Help with Council Tax

Depending on your household's individual circumstances, you may be elegible for sources of support.

Council Tax Support (hardship fund): if you are a working age recipient of Local Council Tax Support payments you will receive additional Council Tax support of £200 which will be deducted from your current year (2020/21) Council Tax bill. This includes people who are newly eligible for Local Council Tax support.

Find out more about Household Financial Support

Reporting Business Concerns

Report concerns on businesses operating social distancing:

  • Daytime between 8.30am and 6pm: 01709 823118, or where the issue relates to a food business, 01709 823164
  • Out of hours, between 6pm and 12am (midnight): 01709 823140

Find out more on the Housing page