Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Council Services and Service Changes

National Lockdown - Stay at Home restrictions are currently in force. This page will be updated regularly with changes to Council services and amenities.

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 closed.

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

Herringthorpe Athletics Stadium is closed.

Clifton Park Museum cafe, Rother Valley Country Park cafe and Thrybergh Country Park cafe are open for takeaways only.

Clifton Park Museum will remain closed. Clifton Park Museum toilets and the Walker Café retail will now be closed. Toilets can now be accessed in Clifton Park

Waleswood Camping site is closed. Boston Castle and Rotherham Civic Theatre will remain closed until spring 2021.

Rotherham Libraries

Rotherham Libraries are operating an Order and Collect service, with the exception of Kiveton Park and Mowbray Gardens, which currently remain closed for refurbishment. 

See latest information on library openings and Order and Collect service

Leisure Centres

Leisure Centres are closed.

Further guidance about indoor sport and exercise classes

Rotherham Markets

Rotherham Markets are open Monday – Saturday 8:30am-2pm for essential goods and food only.

The Thursday Bazaar Market will be open from 10am until 4pm for essential foods and goods only.

The Tuesday Street Market, Crafters and Outdoor Covered Retail and Second hand markets will not go ahead. Traders who sell essential goods and food at these markets will be allowed to use the indoor market.

Bin Collections and Recycling Centres

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

See Environment and Waste

Schools, Colleges and Early Years

Colleges as well as primary and secondary schools are closed for most students until February half-term. However, they will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

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

Weddings and civil partnerships cannot take place, unless in exceptional circumstances.

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