All you need to know about lockdown

Written by on January 7, 2021

Here is the information you may need regarding the latest announcement of another national lockdown. It’s a long one but please take the time to read and share with others who may also need to see these details.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿National Restrictions ðŸ´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿

Any previous restrictions that applied to Tier 3 are no longer in place and you must make sure you are abiding by the national government’s NEW RESTRICTIONS. To find out what you can and cannot do now visit Gov.uk 


♻️ Recycling and Refuse Collections â™»ï¸

These are planned to continue as normal- if these services become affected due to staffing levels, we will let you know.

✅ Household Recycling Centres

Sites remain open as normal. You are asked to Stay At Home so please only visit the centres if you need to. You can check online opening times and also see how long the queues are, before you make your journey 

There are rules in place on site to keep everyone safe, so please follow them and respect the staff as they are there to help.

📚 Libraries ðŸ“š 

❌ Library buildings will be closed to the public.

👍 Book fines for late returns are suspended

💻 The Digital Library is available 24/7 and can be accessed with your library card 

🏠 Home Library Service is available to those in need-for more info, emailhomelibraryservice@telford.gov.uk.

👟 Leisure ðŸ‘Ÿ

All leisure sites are now closed, including:

•             Abraham Darby Sports & Leisure Centre

•             Oakengates Leisure Centre

•             Newport Swimming Pool

•             Wellington Leisure Centre

•             Phoenix Sports & Leisure Centre 

•             Stirchley Recreation Centre

•             Horsehay Golf Course

•             Telford Ice Rink & Soft Play

•             Telford Snowboard & Ski Centre

•             Telford Tennis Centre

💳 Memberships – Swimming lesson and Aspirations memberships have been frozen and no payments will betaken from your account.

For more information on leisure updates visit ðŸ‘‰https://www.telfordandwrekinleisure.co.uk/site/index.php

The teams are planning to put some of their fitness classes online again. To find out more follow their Facebook page

🌳 Telford Town Park ðŸŒ³

✅ Play areas remain open but Maxell and Chelsea gardens will be closed to the public.

🚻 External toilets by the Visitor Centre will be open daily 11am-2pm, they may be closed at intervals during this time for cleaning.

🌈 Playgrounds ðŸŒˆ

Playgrounds remain open but you must adhere to social distancing guidelines and please remember to wash your hands before and after use.

🏋️‍️Outdoor Gyms & Tennis Courts ðŸŽ¾

These facilities are closed and should not be accessed.

🅿️ Car Parking ðŸ…¿ï¸

❌ Southwater multi-storey carpark will be closed until further notice

All other council owned car parks remain open. Parking is FREE and you DO NOT need to get a ticket – machines will remain covered.

•             Dark Lane

•             Hall Court

•             Ironbridge

•             Wellington

•             Newport

🖋️ Register Office ðŸ–‹ï¸

The Register Office remains open for pre-booked appointments. You can book online here

 âœï¸Schools âœï¸

All primary and secondary schools and colleges will move to remote learning from 5 Jan, except for vulnerable children and children of keyworkers until at least February half term.

ℹ️ Please speak to your child’s school regarding the individual arrangements for this.

🧸 Early years provision remains open for everyone.

🎭 The Place Telford ðŸŽ­

The theatre remains closed for entertainment purposes. The buildig is now being used as a rapid testing centre.

My Options

We are continuing to work to minimise the impact lock down has on our services and we are currently confident that all of our services will continue, following the latest Government and Public Health England guidance, but may be subject to some minor changes. These changes will be communicated to those customers that are directly affected


We have a variety of support mechanisms in place to help our residents through this difficult time, such as:

☎️ Community Support Line

The support line is there to help  anyone in need of assistance, without any close friends or family able to help.Click here for more information 

 ðŸ’· Financial Assistance

The virus has had an impact on some people’s income and finances. If you need some extra support please click here for further details 

🔍 Employment Support

Need help with looking for a job? Get some help from The Job Box team 


A range of support is available from the government, the council and partner organisations. More info 

💚 Mental Health Support

Live Well Telford have lots of advice and contacts which you can find here

For all support available to residents click here


All existing information on this can be found here

This will be updated as and when we get details from government


📈 COVID 19 numbers are rising rapidly both locally and nationally since the Christmas period. We have seen rates more than double in the past 2 weeks.

The only way we can reduce this is by people getting tested in order to identify positive cases who can then isolate ASAP reducing the risk of spreading the virus to others.

There are now 3 options to get a test:

1️⃣   You’re Asymptomatic (showing no symptoms)

You can now book a rapid test at The Place Telford in Oakengates if you’d like to check if you could have coronavirus, so as to help keep others safe.

📅 Appointments must be pre-booked online here and you should receive your results within 30 minutes of testing.

2️⃣   You have one of the three key symptoms

🗣 A new continuous cough  

🌡 A high temperature

👃 A change in taste or smell

If you have any of the above, you MUST ISOLATE immediately and book a test here

🏠 ALL members of your household also needs to isolate until you have the results and, if positive you MUST ALL isolate for at least 10 days.

3️⃣   You have any of the following precautionary symptoms: 

🔸 Headaches 

🔸 Aches and pains 

🔸 Feeling very tired for no good reason

🔸 Sore throat

🔸 Runny nose

🔸 Sneezing

🔸 Tummy ache in children

You can book a test online here 

❗️ When you get to the following question â¬‡ï¸

Why are you asking for a test?

You need to select the following answer:

✅ My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms

ℹ️ Anyone with one or more of the above precautionary symptoms does not need to self-isolate unless they receive a positive test result.

Stay at Home ðŸ  , Protect the NHS ðŸ‘©â€âš•ï¸, Save Lives â¤

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