COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Service updates - including the latest changes
The latest information about changes to our services resulting from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic can be found on this webpage.
For general health advice and guidance - including businesses, employers and employees - please visit the GOV.UK website.
For the latest information on schools, libraries, social care services and transport, please visit the Hertfordshire County Website
Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of everyone living, working and visiting St Albans.
Bonfires during COVID-19
Residents in St Albans City and District are being urged not to burn garden waste or other materials during the lockdown.
With many people following Government advice to stay home due to the Coronavirus restrictions, far more of us will be spending time at home or outside in their gardens.
Residents are reminded that Coronavirus (Covid-19) can cause significant respiratory problems for people who contract the illness. Many people will be managing their symptoms at home. The effects of bonfires at this time are likely to be much more serious and have a bigger impact on the health of those suffering from the virus or other respiratory conditions, including asthma.
By choosing not to burn waste will not only help the health and well-being of those at home who may be ill, but it will also significantly reduce the chances of a fire getting out of control and spreading to neighbouring properties, which creates extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.
At the best of times, bonfires can be very irritating to neighbours if the smoke stops them enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging out washing etc.
Composting is an excellent alternative to burning green waste. Not only is it better for the environment it is a good way of helping to grow things in your garden in the future.
For further information and advice on bonfires please visit https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/environmental-services
If your income has been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic you may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay,
Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit and/or Council Tax Support.
If your income has been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic you are advised to claim Council Tax Support and to make enquiries with the DWP as to what other help you may be entitled to.
Residents may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit.
You can apply for Council Tax Support via https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/difficulty-paying In the meantime if you are worried about payments being debited from your account that you cannot afford, you might want to consider contacting your bank to cancel your direct debit instruction.
The Government is announcing new measures to help individuals every day and we will publish information about what other help is available on our website
We recognise that parking will be more difficult for our residents we will be focusing our attention on ensuring essential deliveries can take place and key services can operate as normal.
We will only enforce parking restrictions in residential areas where we receive a complaint about unsafe or inconsiderate parking and focus on:
- protecting loading bays
- preventing dangerous parking around junctions and passing points
- ensuring access to carparks is maintained
- protecting disabled bays
- preventing driveways being blocked
We are balancing the increased demand for parking with the need to protect residents parking and keeping our roads safe. We are asking you to park sensibly and considerately to ensure that emergency vehicles and refuse trucks can still access your areas.
We are also extending the free parking in our carparks from 6.30pm – 7.30am to 5.00pm – 9.30am. If you are unable to find parking you can park in our carparks overnight. In you live in a controlled parking zone and are having trouble parking near to your home (as a result of the increased demand at the moment) please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01727 869 593.
Where possible we are also providing free car parking in our carparks to a number of key workers across the District to help them get to work.
Please note the lifts at the multi-storey carparks are temporarily out of service to prevent people becoming stuck in them and potential delays in getting an engineer out.
Repairs Covid -19
Morgan Sindall is operating with a reduced service. Priority is being given to emergency repairs.
- Recycling & Rubbish
- Planning & Building Control
- Parks, play areas & golf courses
- Cemeteries & funerals
- Legionella Advice
Our recycling and rubbish collections are continuing as normal.
Recycling and Rubbish collection is a high priority council service and we will do everything possible to keep it going whatever the circumstances.
Please help us keep the service running and protect bin collectors by taking certain precautions when disposing of your rubbish.
Wherever possible please make sure that all domestic waste is disposed of in sealed bags and that your bin lid is firmly closed.
Please continue to place your recycling and garden waste in the usual bins.
For the latest information about Hertfordshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, including those that are currently open, see:
The Government has confirmed its intention to relax planning rules to allow for pubs and restaurants to operate a takeaway for a temporary period as part of the coronavirus response.
Parks are open, but children's play areas remain closed. Batchwood golf course has reopened.
Following the Government's announcement we are making the following changes to the Councils Cemeteries Services;
- Hatfield Road and London Road Cemeteries in St Albans and Westfield Road Cemetery in Harpenden have now reopened.
- The Chapel at Hatfield Road is closed
- The cemeteries office is closed
- Graveside services are still permitted but will be limited to 30 minutes per service and no more than 5 mourners
Advice for managing legionella during the Covid 19 outbreak can be found at the links below.
Our Business Support Services page has details and links to resources for businesses, employers and employees.
Working in the community
Supporting local communities during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak
To help those in need, St Albans and District Council is working with Communities 1st who have set up the Compassionate Community Connector programme for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others.
There are a range of volunteer roles on offer from dog walking and befriending through to call handling and back office functions.
If you would like to offer support to someone in your community, you can sign up to the programme using the online form: www.communities1st.org.uk/COVID-19-community-signup or by phone 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday. There is a range of volunteer roles
If you need help and support and are self-isolating
If you need help (shopping, dog walking/pet hosting, telephone tech support for online shopping or using skype/facetime etc) whilst isolated, you or someone on your behalf) can complete an online form at www.communities1st.org.uk/covid19support or call Communities 1st on 020 8207 5115 or email email@example.com
You will then be either matched with one of the Compassionate Community Connector volunteers, offered support immediately or signposted/referred on to a local voluntary/community organisation.
Supporting the Voluntary/Community Sector
St Albans District Council and Communities 1st are also looking to provide support to the local voluntary and community sector organisations who provide essential services to our residents.
- Can your organisation be contacted by local residents needing help?
- Can your organisation make use of additional volunteers?
- Can Communities 1st signpost people to your organisation?
Voluntary sector organisations who need help or can offer support, please complete the form at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KHFFL88
If a group or local organisation would like to discuss anything, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Communities 1st on 01727 743018
NOTE: The Compassionate Community Connectors scheme is running across St Albans, Hertsmere, Welwyn/Hatfield, Broxbourne, East Herts. Communities 1st is working in conjunction with Broxbourne and East Herts and Welwyn Hatfield Volunteer Centre.
Elections, meeting and events
The government has postponed all elections that were due to take place on 7 May 2020.
The Council is currently assessing which council meetings are essential and how best to run those that are. The safety of councillors, staff and attending residents is paramount. Officers will be encouraged to take part remotely where possible and public attendance will be limited according to space, allowing for safe separation between individuals. Meetings will be streamed online where possible.
Events held by St Albans District Council will be cancelled or postponed.
Details to follow.
In line with national guidance, tomorrow's market is not cancelled but will be significantly reduced. we are only allowing produce traders to attend (no hot food or other goods). We will be creating gaps of at least 3 meters between stalls and will have staff in place to marshal queues if required.
COVID-19 - Coronavirus Information
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Leaflet showing a range of local help schemes on offer across the District, and how to contact them: