Rapid Test Kits are Available

One in three people with coronavirus don’t have any symptoms. This is why regular rapid testing is so important to prevent the spread of the virus. Keep others safe by getting a free test twice a week and getting your vaccine when called.

Regular testing can be accessed through:

• A home ordering service

Workplace testing programmes

Community testing sites offered by local authorities

Collection at a local PCR test site

Pharmacies offering home test collections

Easing out of Lockdown 

From Monday 29 March the current restrictions will begin to gradually lift. Even though the “Stay At Home” rule will end, you are still expected to stay local and work from home wherever possible. If you cannot work from home, minimize your number of journeys and avoid commuting during busy times. Travelling abroad will remain prohibited unless for a small number of permitted reasons which does not include holiday making.

From Monday 29 March you will be able to:

  • Attend outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households
  • Visit outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools and attend formally organised outdoor sports. Temple Newsam and Roundhay golf courses will be reopening too.

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer it may be tempting to start skipping ahead of the roadmap and adopting the new measures early. However, it’s really important that we all keep doing the right thing and wait until the dates when restrictions are eased to meet up with more than one person or another household outdoors.


Click here for the full update on changes and what you must still do to stay safe.  


Covid Vaccinations 

The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people most at risk from the virus. If you fall into any one of the following groups, you may be eligible to book your vaccine through the NHS national booking system (or by calling 119). This is very straight forward and gives you lots of options for venues and times. You don’t need to wait for a letter or to be contacted by your GP.

You may be eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are aged 50 or over
  • Or you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Or you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • Or you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • Or you have a learning disability
  • Or you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

Once you enter your NHS number it will let you know whether you are eligible or ask you to self-certify as a carer or frontline health and social care worker. If you are unsure of your NHS number, visit https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine – it’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

More information about the Covid-19 vaccine can be found on the NHS Leeds website.

Easing out of Lockdown

As the UK prepares to ease out of lockdown, you can help it happen. Ensure you follow the guidance set out by the Government here.  

Help for Those Who Are Self-Isolating 

If you're self-isolating and need support, the Corona Virus helpline is there for you.
📞 0113 376 0330 (open Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm)

More information on the Corona Virus support available here


NHS Leeds Live Facebook Event - Vaccine Information 


The Latest Key Messages from Leeds City Council

More than ever we need everyone to play their part to defeat Covid 19 – act as though you have the virus.  

  • Infection rates in Leeds remain high and mostly stable rather than reducing significantly. Significant pressure remains on the NHS and rising deaths.
  • With cases of the new UK variant over three quarters in Leeds with an increasing trend and more transmissible, we need to reduce contact and stay at home as much as possible.
  • The basics of handwashing, maintaining distance and wearing a mask are crucial.
  • We continue to manage outbreaks in a variety of settings proactively, given these are inevitable with high infection rates and the new strain.
  • Infection rates across the city continue to vary across wards and with rapid increases and decreases – latest figures show range from 112.7-450.9.
  • Vaccination rollout across the city is going well and on target to meet the mid-February deadline for the first priority groups.
  • We know that this is really tough for everyone, but we need infection rates to fall to see a way out of restrictions and businesses to reopen.
  • Let’s all push these messages through every channel possible to get rates down as the only route to removing restrictions.

 Beware of Scams - The Covid19 Vaccine is FREE 



Vaccinations and Reminder of Staying Safe Infographics 

Latest Government Information and Guidance on the National Lockdown

The Government has issued new guidance for the national lockdown that will be in place until at least February 2021. You can view the 2021 lockdown guidance here

Support for Businesses during COVID

The following grant schemes for businesses financially impacted by the pandemic are now open or in development:

Grant funding for businesses required to close due to the government’s national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December  

Business rates support for hospitality venues and accommodation providers that pay business rates and have suffered financially due to the local restrictions introduced on 25 September 2020 can apply for support here: 

Businesses struggling to pay their business property costs due to the impact of coronavirus restrictions can apply for a grant to help pay fixed non-domestic property costs, such as mortgage payments, rent, service charges and business rates. This support scheme will be only be open for two weeks from 25 November until 8 December:

We are currently working on a further business support scheme for home based businesses and hope to have this available as soon as possible.

Information, help and advice for businesses is always available on the Leeds City Council dedicated webpage for business support. that is updated regularly to reflect changing guidance and financial support schemes

Information about Tier 3

Current national restriction rules are still in place and must be followed until they expire at midnight next Tuesday (1 December).
This morning the government announced which local area is in which tier. Leeds and the rest of West Yorkshire will be in Tier 3 which will mean that from Wednesday 2 December:
  • you should not mix with other households indoors;
  • outdoors you can meet with a group of six people but only in public spaces, such as parks;
  • all hospitality should be closed with the exception of takeaway, drive through or delivery options; accommodation should be closed other than exceptions (such as for business travel);
  • all retail and personal care (such as hairdressers) can open, as can gyms and leisure centres (although exercise classes can’t take place);
  • the advice is still to work at home if you can;
  • places of worship are open but attendees cannot interact with anyone outside of their household/support bubble; maximum 15 guests for weddings (no receptions) and 30 for funerals;
  • indoor entertainment venues will remain closed; outdoor events should not take place (other than drive in events); and
  • advice is against travel out of the Tier 3 area other than where necessary for work or education or another exception.

The full list of Tier 3 restrictions is available. 

How to get a COVID test 

NHS Leeds has published information on getting tested for Covid. This link takes you to the latest NHS Leeds information on accessing Covid testing.

Information on help and support during the Coronavirus Crisis

This page has links to a wide range of information, support and resources to help individuals, local businesses and groups during the Covid crisis. Please scroll through the page to find the information you need. You can also find this information on Horsforth Town Council's Facebook page and the Leeds City Council Coronavirus page.

The Government Winter Strategy for Covid-19


You can read the summary, or full document for the Government's Winter Strategy for Covid-19 here. 


Revised Government Guidance on the Clinically Vulnerable 

The government has revised its guidance on those who are deemed to be clinically vulnerable and could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. If you fall into this category, you should:

• be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others; and

• continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace.
Government is writing to people who are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19. The latest shielding information will be on the Leeds City Council shielding page.

On thispage you will also find information on the support in Leeds aimed at helping you stay safe and healthy during this lockdown. Look out for information of the new National Shielding Support Service and register as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about accessing food or medicines you can call us on 0113 3760330.
Full details on the changes to our Covid 19 services can be found on our website: .

Look after your mental health

It is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing while staying at home. MindWell Leeds has lots of useful information and guidance for taking care of yourself during these uncertain times. Visit the MindWell site to see the mental health resources and support on offer.

Young people can visit the MindMate site for support with mental wellbeing. 


Can you get help for your Business?

Visit the Leeds City Council website for information on possible help for your business. 

Latest Covid Crisis FAQ from Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council has updated their frequently asked questions. This link takes you to the latest Leeds City Council frequently asked questions.

NHS Services information                                                         

You can find the latest NHS information on NHS services during the Covid pandemic here.

Flu Jab

There is also NHS information on getting the flu jab including eligibility criteria for the free vaccine, and where you can get the flu jab 

New Local Rules for Leeds - Tier 2 status

Leeds City Council has provided Leeds residents with an updated FAQ document now that the city is in Tier 2 status. To read the FAQ click here

To avoid another lockdown in Leeds, the Government has introduced new, local rules.

These new local, Covid rules for Leeds can be viewed here.

Accessing Testing for Covid

Information on accessing testing can be viewed here 

The NHS has produced information for those waiting for NHS services, or those in need of help after a fall or injury

Information on NHS services during Covid can be viewed here.

Financial Help for those who have to self isolate

If you have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service, you may be entitled to a support payment of £500.
Guidance and information on eligibility can be found on our webpage. 
We are aiming to have the system in place by October 12.

Key messages from Leeds City Council re COVID

  • Keep a safe distance wherever you can
  • Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Cover your face in enclosed spaces
  • Stick to the rules to minimise contact
  • Isolate when you need to/are advised to
  • Only get a test if you have symptoms
If you think you or your child has at least one of the symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell), please book a test. Call 119 or go online to book.

Only call 999 or go to accident and emergency (A&E) for life or limb-threatening injuries or illness

An updated FAQ document is available on restrictions in Leeds

There is also a video explaining how to stop the spread of the virus.

  • The following guidance documents have been updated in light of the new measures announced by he Prime Minister on Tuesday:

NHS Information on Getting a Covid Test

Please do not visit A&E or a GP practice to ask for a test for coronavirus. And please do not request a test if you do not have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you can book a test by using the online Covid Test booking system to either attend a testing site or to order a home testing kit or call 119

Emotional Support and Help during Covid

If you need emotional help and support, the West Yorkshire 24 hour support line is available 0800 183 0558.
For children and young people please visit the Mindmate website to find the best service to meet their needs. The Mindmate Website For Children and Young People.

New Government Guidelines on Social Distancing

From Monday 14 September, new laws are being brought in by government to ban social gatherings of more than six people. The law change means that, from Monday, it will be against the law for groups of more than six to meet indoors or outdoors, including homes, gardens and indoor venues.

Those in a single household or a support bubble of more than six people can continue to socialise with each other but must not meet with anyone outside of their household or support bubble at the same time.

Failure to comply with the new rules could result in a £100 fine and those who have already received a fine will see these doubled on each offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.

You can read more about the rules here, on the Government website

Workplaces and education settings won’t be affected by this change. Venues such as pubs, restaurants, shops and places of worship will remain open, but people can only visit these in groups of up to six people and must not mix with other groups inside those venues.

 Hands, Face, Space Public Information Campaign

Hands: you should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer, regularly throughout the day
Face:  you should wear a face covering on public transport or in indoor settings
Space:  keep a safe distance from those outside your household.…
Read more about the Hands, Face, Space campaign on the Government website

Key Messages from Leeds City Council on Covid

• Keep a safe distance from others.
• Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
• You must wear a face covering on public transport and shops.
• Got symptoms? Get tested. No one in your household should leave home if any one person has symptoms.
• Self-isolate when alerted. If you’re told by the NHS that you have been exposed to an infected person then you must self-isolate for 14 days.
Local support is available. If you are self-isolating and don’t have friends or family that can help, ring 0113 378 1877.

New Government Covid Outbreak Rules

The Prime Minister has announced the new ‘Rule of Six’ – effective from Monday 14th September - people cannot meet socially in groups of more than 6 in any setting, including indoor and outdoor, public or private spaces. This rule applies in England, is enforceable, and is intended to curb the increase in cases that we are seeing as a country.

There are some exceptions eg if one household/support bubble is larger than six people. Workplaces and education settings won’t be affected, and hospitality will still be able to host more than 6 people in total, but will now need to ensure that there are no individual groups larger than 6. Weddings and ceremonies of up to 30 people can still proceed. The planned piloting of larger audiences and plan to reopen stadiums/arenas/conferences from 1 October is being revised. The link below provides guidance.

FAQ on the new rules in place 

Covid and Young People

A set of resources on understanding COVID, aimed at young people is available for anyone working with youth or wanting more information for their children.


Link to Resources on COVID and young people 


The NHS is still available for those in need

The NHS is still supporting patients during Covid. For more information, use the link below.

Videos on key NHS services 

Grief and Loss Service 

Support is available for those who have lost loved ones. 

Grief and Loss Service

Government Guidance on Face Masks

The Government has issued updated guidance on wearing face coverings: when to wear, how to wear and who is exempt from wearing. To read about this, visit the Government webpage about wearing masks.

For those with Children returning to school

Leeds Metro has produced some FAQS on staying safe on buses. To read more, click this link to the Metro FAQ page

Updated Covid Information following recent outbreaks

Leeds City Council have produced information on Covid outbreak planning. You can read about it by clicking here. 

New Government Guidance on Covid Related Topics

Click on the links to find updated guidance 

Social distancing guidance

FAQs- what you can and cannot do
Working safely guidance

If you need help accessing food and essentials, ring 0113 376 0330.

Infographics on Staying Safe and Getting Tested for Covid



Face Masks Compulsory in Shops and Supermarkets from 24 July 2020 

The government has announced plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July.

A face covering is something that covers your mouth and nose.

Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Should someone without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police. If people refuse to comply, police can issue a fine.

For information on how to use a face covering correctly, watch this video

Public Transport

You also have to wear a mask on public transport, unless you are exempt. You need a travel assistance card if exempt, which you can find here

You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place


Supermarket slots for people shielding

Find out how to access priority supermarket delivery slots, which you must register for by 17 July, and the other support available by clicking this link.

Information for employees about self-isolation 

The NHS in Leeds and Leeds City Council are working together to get services returning to normal and get the city moving again. During this next phase of the pandemic, it is important that employers are aware of the current guidance on self-isolation and show support and flexibility if employees need to do this.

People must self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • They have been contacted by the Test and Trace.
  • They are due to have an operation or certain tests.
  • Someone in the same household has a planned operation or certain tests.

Employers should consider the best options for employees (such as working from home) so that employees can follow the guidance.

If you need any help during this period you can call the NHS Volunteer Responders helpline on 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm.

Guidance on visiting Leeds City Centre

 Leeds City Council have asked city businesses to track and trace customers and ask that they comply with requests for personal details if asked:

To prevent the spread of the virus, if you are visiting the city centre please remember:
• As part of the NHS Test and Trace, businesses are being asked to keep a record of their customers and visitors for 21 days. You should assist by providing details when asked to do so.
• Maintain social distancing.
• Regularly wash your hands and wear a face covering if you’re using public transport to come in to the city.
• Stay home if you or anyone in your household experience any symptoms and book in for a test.

 For further details about visits to the city centre for shopping, meals or pubs, please follow this link.

NHS advice on hospital treatment

The NHS has issued guidance on self isolation for people scheduled for hospital operations. The guide also gives information on self isolation for their families. You can read their guidance by clicking here.

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 thriving@leeds.gov.uk 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 Horsforth.LiveatHome@mha.org.uk

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

Stuart Andrew MP
Telephone: 0113 258 5615
Email: stuart.andrew.mp@parliament.uk

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: admin@horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk

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: admin@horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk

The agenda for the extra ordinary meeting is available on the Town Council website: www.horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk

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