COVID-19 Help and Information

The UK Governament has released or updated a wide range of guidance and advice in preparation for 4 July. This includes guidance for businesses, pubs, hairdressers and early years as well as guidance for the general public on social distancing and an FAQ list.

MIND guidance 

Mind has produced guidance on coping with worries and feelings as lockdown begins to ease. You can read this by clicking here.

Staying Safe 

Key Information on how to stay safe now that the city centre and other shops are reopening can be viewed here

Accessing Food

If you are struggling to access food for you or your family because of money worries or self-isolation, please don’t go hungry. You can request emergency food provision by emailing or ringing 0113 376 0330. 

Support bubble guidance

From Saturday 13 June, if you live alone or are a single parent with a dependent child, you can form a “support bubble” with one other household. Those in the support bubble can spend time with each other inside the home and do not have to remain 2m apart. More guidance can be found on the government’s website.


Parks and Green Spaces update

Leeds City Council have announced the following:

 From tomorrow (Wednesday 13 May):

  • Council park car parks will reopen but playgrounds in parks will remain closed and the gates locked with notices in place. Outdoor gym equipment in parks is also still off limits and toilet facilities will remain closed.
  • Multi use games areas will reopen.
  • Fishing and use of bowling greens in parks will be allowed.
  • The Arium will be open to the public for plant and sundry sales. The café will remain closed.

From 22nd May:

  • Roundhay park and Temple Newsam golf courses will open.

From 1st June:

Park cafes and concessions will be open (takeaway only) 

More information from Leeds City Council on these changes is expected soon. 

Recycling Centres to reopen

Five recycling centres will be reopened initially: Kirkstall, Seacroft, Meanwood,Middleton and Pudsey.

A booking and queuing system will be in operation and residents are asked to book a place only if it is essential. For more information click here.

Stay at Home 

It is vitally important that we all follow the rules on social distancing to help front line staff, key workers and those who have to travel to work, under the Government's latest guidelines and working.

We must therefore ensure that we are only going out for essential reasons. 

Covid Virus Information for Horsforth Residents  

Please read through the latest updates and information regarding staying safe and accessing help below. 

Litter Bins

Please avoid using dog waste bins and street bins and take this litter home to put into your black bin instead. This enables Leeds City Council staff to focus on more essential work,  Although we will continue to do our best to empty bins in parks and green spaces that are used for exercising or dog walking, we cannot, under the current conditions, empty all bins in the city. We therefore ask people not to use these and to take litter home.
Due to the high number of queries on services to parks and litter, Environmental and Parks Services have issued answers to commonly asked questions. You can read those here

Commonly Asked Questions about Council Services During the Covid 19 Crisis

Leeds City Council have put together a sheet of commonly asked questions by Leeds residents. You can access their answers to these questions here.

Emergency Food Provision

If you are having difficulty with getting food, or if you know of vulnerable neighbours or friends that need assistance, Leeds City Council have made help available. For more information and the contact number see here

Covid 19 - Help from Leeds City Council for Communities and people in need

Leeds City Council has today launched a helpline so anyone in need of assistance can call 0113 3781877 and be matched with a local volunteer who can help

Leeds City Council have a web page with lots of information, from volunteering, to help for businesses. You can view the latest information by clicking here

Key contact numbers for Leeds City Council services, including a Corona Virus Helpline, can be found here.

Information on how to be a good neighbour during the Covid crisis is available here.

Leeds City Council is offering free car parking - for NHS staff and key workers only.

Shielding - new information from Leeds City Council  

Leeds City Council has produced information on shielding the most vulnerable in our communities. You can read this here.

The NHS has support and information for protecting your mental health through this crisis. You can find the information here 

New Powers for Police to enforce social distancing 

West Yorkshire Police have new powers to ensure that people comply with social distancing. To see Chief Constable John Robin's video message, click here

Update from Leeds City Council - Suspension of some services

An update from Leeds City Council regarding some services being suspended

  • all waste sites are closed to the public with immediate effect
  • 4 COVID-19 co-ordination hubs in Merrion, Dewsbury Road, Armley, Compton Centre
  • the collection of garden waste collections has been suspended
  • all community hubs and libraries are closed to customers
  • golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, and park cafes closed
  • suspension of non urgent housing repairs - if you think your repair is essential check the list here.
There is also an information leaflet on disrupted services that you can view here.

Leeds City Council are complying with the Government's Stay at home - 23 March guidance. You can read more information on this advice here.

Covid 19 - Statement from Horsforth Town Council 

Horsforth Town Council has taken the decision to postpone meetings for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

We are not sure how long we will be asked to socially isolate and don't really know what effect this will have on many in our community.

However, we do know that the vulnerable and elderly will be particularly affected and this is where those of us able to help can do so.

If you are able to volunteer in any way whatsoever to help those that may be self-isolating and unable to get out, or if you need help yourself, then please contact one of the following:

Horsforth Foodbank
Telephone: 0113 244 4696
Via this form

Horsforth Live at Home
Telephone: 0113 259 1511
Via email to

Voluntary Action Leeds
Telephone: 0113 297 7920
Via the form here 

Stuart Andrew MP
Telephone: 0113 258 5615

Horsforth Community Cafe
This is now running a shop service, and not as a cafe - for details please click here


 Horsforth Town Council Business during Covid 19

 In response to Government guidelines on Covid 19 virus, Horsforth Town Council has cancelled all meetings until further notice. Council business will continue during this time but face to face meetings are suspended.

Horsforth Town Council is closed until further notice. You can still contact the council by email:

The Council advises residents to keep abreast of the latest updates regarding the virus by visiting the Public Health England site. 


Notice of Extra Ordinary Meeting of Full Council

Monday 23 March 2020, 7pm, St Margaret’s Parish Centre, Church Lane, Horsforth

In response to Government guidelines on the Corona (Covid 19) virus, Horsforth Town Council has cancelled all meetings until further notice. Council business will continue during this time but face to face meetings are suspended.

Horsforth Town Council is closed until further notice. You can still contact the Council by email:

The agenda for the extra ordinary meeting is available on the Town Council website:

Although the meeting is open to the public, for safeguarding of Horsforth residents regarding potential spread of the virus, we advise that you do not attend.
J Sou
18 March 2020