Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
For the latest information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak go to the Public Health England and Cumbria County Council websites. The Cumbria County Council website has the latest information regarding schools and nurseries:
- Go to the Public Health England website
- The NHS coronavirus website
- Go to the Cumbria County Council website
- FAQs from Public Health England
The NHS website also has a symptom checker and advice what to do if you are suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
Other ways you can stay up to date with the latest information:
- Sign up to email updates from us
- Sign up to email alerts from Cumbria County Council
- Download the latest newsletter all partners in Cumbria are helping to produce (click on the link to the Cumbria County Council website, and open the "Allerdale" tab)
- Join the government's WhatsApp group
Latest restriction situation
England has been placed in lockdown restrictions. This link includes details of the roadmap out of lockdown.
Some of the key points from 12 April are:
- You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.
You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either:
- in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
- in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
The government website also has more on the quarantine situation for travellers.
People requiring additional help and assistance
People who need help and assistance should go to Cumbria County Council’s website to find help quickly. Organisations from across the county have contributed to the online information, which includes a new search tool, and support for people struggling to feed themselves or their families, debt and housing advice, benefits and financial grants, mental wellbeing and more.
For residents who need urgent help finding food and essential items, or if they are struggling to cope with their current situation for whatever reason, they are advised to call the county council’s Support Helpline on 0800 783 1966 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm).
There is also more information on the community support available on our website . This includes advice on shielding . There is also details of the financial support you may be entitled too including the £500 payment if you have been asked to self-isolate , cannot work from home, and on a low income.
There is also this benefits checker from the government.
Coronavirus vaccination programme
The local North Cumbria CCG NHS services is coordinating the vaccination programme in Allerdale. People are being vaccinated in priority group order.
You will receive a letter from the NHS to offer you an opportunity to get a vaccine.
Getting a test, and more on the test and trace system
Testing is now available for anyone over the age of five. You can find out more about the testing process from the government website .
There are testing sites available for throughout Cumbria - some are mobile sites which pop-up in places on specific days. More details are on the local NHS trust website .
Lateral flow community testing sites (quick tests)
Cumbria County Council is rolling-out the first phase of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Community Testing Sites which provide quick turn-around tests. This is in addition to any testing facilities which may be provided by your employer.
Lateral flow tests are available for individuals, including parents of children at school.
More information is on the Cumbria County Council website.
NHS Test and Trace
The government website has more details on the test and trace measures being introduced.
If you are advised to self-isolate and are on a low income, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support payment .
NHS Test and Trace app and contact tracing information
Advice for businesses
The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It is therefore critical that organisations take a range of measures to keep everyone safe. The easing of social and economic lockdown measures following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace.
Venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services and local authority facilities must:
- ask at least one member of every party of customers or visitors (up to 6 people) to provide their name and contact details
- keep a record of all staff working on their premises and shift times on a given day and their contact details
- keep these records of customers, visitors and staff for 21 days and provide data to NHS Test and Trace if requested
- display an official NHS QR code poster from 24 September 2020, so that customers and visitors can ‘check in’ using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details
- adhere to General Data Protection Regulations
Hospitality venues must also refuse entry to those who refuse to participate.
Failure to do any of these requirements will result in fixed penalty fines of up to £4,000. Read the full guidance on gov.uk website.
Businesses and venues can create posters with unique QR codes on them to help people check-in using the app when they visit.
The NHS Test and Trace app
The NHS Test and Trace app is available for anyone to download. It is part of the government's efforts to tackle the spread of coronavirus and provide you with a way to check-in to venues you've visited such as cafe's and restaurants, as well as get information if you have been near to anyone who subsequently tests positive for coronavirus.
The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.
The app will also help us understand if the virus is spreading in our area, helping us to respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives. The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.
If you are aware of a business or organisation you think might not be complying with the rules, then please report it to the police by telephone 101 or by email .
NHS Track and Trace video
More information and advice about coronavirus on our website
The latest information on coronavirus and our services
The council's bereavement services team will continue to provide support to the recently bereaved. In line with government guidelines, funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to six people in attendance. Anyone working is not included.
Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
From April 12 the number of people able to attend a wake rises to 15.
Allerdale Building Control will be continuing to offer site inspections. Same day inspections will be available if booked before 10am that day.
There will, however, be certain restrictions. We will not be able to undertake internal inspections of occupied homes i.e. where we need to enter the home itself to carry out an inspection. For unoccupied buildings including, for example, new homes, we ask that the inspection can be undertaken unaccompanied and that the building is ventilated e.g. windows are left open during the inspection.
All external inspections e.g. for foundations, drains etc. can be undertaken as before, albeit with the normal covid protocols in place (social distancing etc.). If your business has specific new procedures in place for this lockdown, then please advise us and we will adhere to those measures requested
If you have any queries on this matter please phone our Building Control team or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a separate page which provides all the information you need to help with the business assistance schemes announced by the government. This includes information for takeaways.
There is also a separate page if you are eligible for one of the busines rate grants provided by the government which we are administering.
There is also a page with some advice on reopening your business safely.
All of our car parks are open for use and the multi-storey in Workington town centre is available from 7am to 7pm Monday to Sunday. The locations of our car parks can be found on our website at https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/parking/car-park-locations/.
Car park customers are encouraged to use the MiPermit mobile app, where applicable, to pay for parking and it may be beneficial to download the app before arriving in one of our car parks. MiPermit is a cashless system which allows people to buy a digital 'ticket' and control how long they stay through the app. More information on MiPermit can be found at https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/parking/parking-charges-and-ways-pay/.
NHS free parking
The council will continue to provide free parking for NHS workers, care workers and NHS volunteers. For these staff, passes are available through NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Royal Voluntary Service. More details on the scheme's website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-health-care-and-volunteer-workers-parking-pass-and-concessions. All staff making use of the scheme whilst working, need to provide evidence in their vehicle from their employer or voluntary organisation to prove their eligibility.
Those eligible for free parking can make use of any of the council’s owned car parks, except Workington’s multi-storey car park. Please check the car park you use with the NHS pass is a council owned car park and is part of the scheme. Anyone with queries should contact the council’s parking services team on email@example.com.
When using short stay car parks where the relevant maximum duration of stay still applies users should clearly show their time of arrival, such as with a parking disc, as well as their essential worker permit. The short stay car parks are: Ladies Walk and Udale Street at Workington; Tithebarn Street, Bell Close at Keswick; Fairfield, Sainsbury’s at Cockermouth. The use of a parking disc is not required in the long-stay car parks.
Safety in our car parks
The council has also put in measures to reduce the risk of infection to its staff as well as the users of its car parks. This includes revised signage reminding people to:
- keep more than 2m apart from anyone not from their household
- park in alternate bays where possible
- keep hands clean
Payment machines now accept cash and card payments. However, we are encouraging you to use the MiPermit app to pay for parking where this is available as this means there is no need to visit a pay and display machine.
More on the MiPermit app
The app can be downloaded from mobile app stores and includes features such as reminders when their parking is due to expire, as well as the ability to top-up their parking time online without returning to their vehicle. The app automatically updates the system used by the enforcement team, meaning no penalty charge will be issued.
Unfortunately, the app cannot currently be used in Fairfield (Sainsburys) car park in Cockermouth or the Booths car park in Keswick due to the need to provide a ticket for repayments to the supermarkets’ customers.
It also cannot be used in the following car parks as the council manages them on behalf of others: Rawnsley Hall car park, Derwent Pencil Museum car park at Keswick, Irish Street car park and South Quay car park at Maryport on in Workington's multi-storey car park.
The multi-storey car park in Workington is now open with safety measures in place including new signage and payments by card only.
A new web page is being promoted by the LDNPA safer lakes website which encourages people travelling to the Lake District to park safely and avoid the more popular destinations.
All meetings are currently being carried out virtually via video conference. Find out more on the meetings page.
April 12 update: Over a year ago the council closed its offices to the public due to the pandemic, since then the customer service team have carried on delivering business as usual with most of the team working from home and a skeleton crew manning the offices, the team have answered over 80,000 customer telephone enquiries and dealt with many more on-line enquiries.
The range of services available to our customers on-line has continued to grow and now includes the introduction of on-line parking permits bookable through the MiPermit app, downloadable bin calendars, checking bin collections and reporting missed bins, as well as making payments, general enquiries, and reporting problems.
With the relaxation of restrictions, we are reopening our offices on an appointment-only basis to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff. Please note there will no longer be a walk-in service. Our offices will open for face-to-face appointments from Monday 12 April 2021.
Customers can ring 0303 123 1702 to arrange an appointment at a time and location convenient to them at our offices in Allerdale House, Workington, Maryport Town Hall, Keswick Town Hall, Wigton Market Hall and Cockermouth Town Hall. When making the appointment advisors will discuss the enquiry and confirm the time, date and any documents or information customers need to bring along with them to be able to deal with the enquiry.
The customer service team will continue to be available on the phone on 0303 123 1702. However, residents are encouraged to use digital methods to contact the council where possible, to avoid having to wait on the telephone.
The council’s website is open 24/7 and the “Report It” forms allow customers to let us know about issues and obtain information at a time which is convenient for them. Go to www.allerdale.gov.uk/report.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic many of our staff now work remotely. This means that written correspondence delivered to Allerdale House is opened by our on-site document management team, scanned it into our electronic system and distributed to the person or department most appropriate to answer your enquiry, we aim to respond to you within two working days of receiving your letter.
Letters marked private and confidential will not be opened at Allerdale House but instead will be posted to the intended recipient and we will aim to respond to you within 10 working days of receiving your letter.
We’re also encouraging people to be neighbourly. With many people at home, issues of noise and bonfires have become a bit more of a problem. We’re asking people to respect each other and discuss any needs with their neighbours (from a social distance or online of course). We are on hand if a mutual solution can’t be found. People should ring 0303 123 1702 and speak to our environmental health team.
Due to the current restrictions, we have paused our household indoor visits for noise monitoring and are urging the use of the Noise App. To be authorised to use the Noise App please contact us before use on: firstname.lastname@example.org. Where COVID secure, we will continue to provide outdoor noise monitoring. Where there is an imminent risk to health, each case will be assessed on an individual basis. Once restrictions ease and community infections rates change we will update procedures.
The council's position on events and our funding of them at the moment is as follows:
As the current advice from central government is to cancel or postpone all mass gatherings, we have taken the decision to suspend the allocation of the small festivals and events grant scheme. We appreciate that this is a difficult time but our priority is the protection of our communities and visitors. If you intend to hold your event in 2021, please let us know and we will defer your application until then.
In regards of general events, in order to protect our communities we are in support of the cancellation of events and mass gatherings. We are also aware of the impact this has, and we are working very hard to try and come up with ways in which we can try and help our businesses and communities in a time of social distancing and isolation. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please contact Anna Chippendale by email .
People who are homeless – or are at risk of becoming homeless – are being reassured that the council's housing options team is continuing to do everything it can to offer support to those who need it during the coronavirus situation.
The team is working hard to continue to find suitable housing options for those who are homeless, while trying to identify people who are sleeping rough on the streets of Allerdale.
Those who require support are asked to call the housing options’ phone number 0303 123 1702 if possible. This number is also available out of hours in an emergency.
Urgent repairs to rented housing
Tenants and landlords are being reminded that despite the lockdown brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, homes should not be left in a state where they are unsafe and needing urgent repairs.
The Government has released a number of advisory guidance documents to support and encourage landlords and tenants in adopting a pragmatic, common sense approach to issues that may arise in the current circumstances - such as boiler repairs. More information on this guidance can be found on the government website
Tenants have a right to a decent, warm and safe place to live and it is the role of Allerdale Borough Council to keep housing conditions under review and take appropriate action in the event that hazards exist within the home.
These duties and powers still exist during the Covid-19 lockdown and are important to protect tenants.
Therefore the council is reminding tenants that if they are privately renting and they feel their home is dangerous and there is an imminent risk to their health, then they should contact their landlord in the first instance to get any repairs completed as soon as possible. It they are not happy with their landlord’s response, then they can contact the council’s Private Sector Housing Team on 0303 123 1702.
If they are a social housing tenant then they should contact their housing association for help and advice during this time.
To help alleviate the spread of Covid–19, the council’s housing team will only be carrying out essential visits where it is considered completely necessary and only after completing a suitable risk assessment. Officers may ask you to provide photographic or video evidence to help assess the risk.
When an inspection is unavoidable social distancing measures and other measures will be applied to help protect the tenant and council officer from infection.
The Government has also brought forward a package of measures to protect landlords and tenants affected by Covid -19. With these in force, no renter in either social or private rented accommodation will be forced out of their home. More information is available on the government website..
From April 12, the council’s leisure partners GLL (who operate as Better) will be reopening the leisure centres in Workington and Cockermouth as well as The Wave Centre in Maryport for indoor activities in line with Covid-19 restrictions. The gym at the leisure pool site in Keswick will also reopen on April 12.
Outdoor activities including football (3G) and exercise classes are currently available at Workington Leisure Centre.
Sessions need to be booked in advance and more information about bookings, memberships and activities can be found on the Better website at https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/allerdale.
Our markets in Workington, Wigton and Keswick will resume from the week commencing April 12 in line with the Government’s roadmap.
The various safety measures that were in place at the markets prior to lockdown, such as hand-sanitiser stations and reduced stall numbers if applicable, will be in place when they return. At Keswick Market in particular the one-way system, revised layout and street marshals will also be in operation. These measures will be under regular review.
We look forward to welcoming back customers and traders and urge anyone attending one of our markets to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines.
Play areas and parks
Allerdale Borough Council manages some play areas in the borough and these are open for use. The council urges everyone to practice social distancing and keep hands clean when using them.
The play areas we manage are:
Hunter’s Drive, Seaton
Recreation Ground, Flimby
Camp Road, Maryport
Ennerdale Road, Maryport
Bellbrigg Lonning, Cockermouth
Harris Park, Cockermouth*
*The council is aware that the surface at Harris Park play area is in a poor condition and apologise for the inconvenience. However, we will soon be installing new wet-pour surfacing to address this problem and a new piece of multi-play equipment will be installed to replace an existing item. The play area will be closed for two or three weeks while the refurbishment works takes place, which is likely to be in the second half of April. A date will be confirmed in due course.
If a play area does not appear on the above list, it is not owned or managed by Allerdale Borough Council and is likely to be the responsibility of your local town or parish council or alternatively a housing association.
The tennis courts in Harris Park, Cockermouth have reopened as of March 29.
Horse Close Skate Park, Hall Park, Workington has reopened as of March 29.
Our parks and open spaces (including Harris Park in Cockermouth, Hall Park in Workington, Harrington Nature Reserve and Siddick Ponds) are open for public use, but we ask users to behave responsibly in line with government directives, in particular those around social distancing.
Our public toilets in Workington town centre and Maryport remain open on a reduced basis to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the council asks all users to follow the Covid-secure guidelines.
Our toilets in Harrington and Caldbeck remain closed.
This page sets out changes to Hackney carriage/private hire vehicle licensing requirements due to Coronavirus
In keeping with government guidance during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, we would encourage customers to only submit notices for temporary events which might be considered essential during this period.
To promote public health and safety during this period, events applied for which might be considered non-essential or would encourage unnecessary social contact are highly likely to be objected to by the local authority and other consulting parties.