Now Boris Johnson has told everyone to stay at home, Calderdale Council has also stepped up its fight against Coronavirus.
It can be confusing trying to work out what’s open and what’s closed, so we’ve put together this list of which services are operating as normal, which have made some changes and which have been suspended.
To make things easier, Calderdale Council has also suspended parking charges in council-run car parks and street parking bays – with priority given to key workers.
This list will be updated as the council releases new information. Last updated, March 27, 2020.
Playgrounds. You can still go to the park to exercise, but only once a day and you must stay two metres apart from other people. Calderdale Council says it will monitor the situation, but may have to close parks too if social distancing is not observed. Skate parks, outdoor gym equipment, bowling greens, tennis courts and children’s bike tracks are closed too. Although parks remain open, the council recommends wearing gloves to open gates or stiles and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home.
All Customer First offices. You can still use the information and online services at www.calderdale.gov.uk and if you need to, call the council’s advisors on 01422 288001. But phone lines are very busy at this time.
The Piece Hall. Some shops are adapting their services online.
Civic buildings & public halls. All weddings and civil ceremonies that were due to take place before April 30 have been postponed.
Birth registration services. This is because one or both parents have to register the birth in person. This won’t affect you making a claim for Child Benefit and/or Universal Credit, as you can claim before registering the birth.
Leisure Centres, pools & gyms
Theatres & Museums, including Victoria Theatre, Bankfield Museum and Shibden Hall
The ISCAL Factory (which helps local people with disabilities move into employment) is closed for at least three weeks
School Crossing Patrols have all stopped
Calderdale schools are closed for almost all children and young adults.
All Household Waste Recycling Centres and the Brighouse Revive Shop
Bulky and garden waste collections are suspended (existing garden waste subscriptions will be carried over to 2021)
Libraries. Fines won’t be issued during the closures.
Licences to hold events are not currently being issued.
All non-essential shops and community spaces
No gatherings of more than two people are allowed in public
Play gyms and attractions
What is still operating?
Funeral and burials will still go ahead, but with a maximum of ten people allowed to attend. At the crematorium, all services will be recorded and the links sent to families after the service, to help loved ones take part remotely.
Death Registrations: During this time, the council has introduced special measures allowing deaths to be registered over the phone. Visit www.calderdale.gov.uk to arrange a phone appointment and a Registrar will call you back.
Some food outlets but only offering takeaway service
Waste and recycling collections will go ahead as normal, with some delays due to reduced staffing. If someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, take extra care with personal waste such as tissues – double bag the waste and store for 72 hours before putting it out for collection.
Council-run markets (apart from Sowerby Bridge Outdoor Market) are open, but only for essential food.
Home Library Service – call 01422 288060 or 288062 or apply online.
The Staying Well service is still accepting referrals (but there won’t be any home visits). All clients will be contacted and offered help and support. If you know someone who is isolated or vulnerable, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 392767.
Licensing is not available face-to-face, but you can still access services online
Do you need help or want to help others? There’s lots more info here.