LAST UPDATE: 22 February 2021
Latest Coronavirus restrictions
National stay at home restrictions
On Monday 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown, which requires people to STAY AT HOME to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
It is important that we all follow these rules to prevent spreading the virus. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and book a test via the NHS.
If you cannot work home, you can book a symptom-free test at the community testing centre at Goldwater Lodge in Goldswater Park.
Roadmap out of lockdown
From 8 March at the earliest, the government will roll out a phased roadmap out of lockdown which outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.
The Civic Offices remain closed to members of the public.
We are continuing to deliver our services, which can be accessed by the public via this website.
The Civic Offices closure also affect services provided by: Surrey Police, JobCentrePlus and Surrey County Council Adult Social Care.
View the current opening status and contact details for each organisation.
Council facilities closed to the public
In line with the Government's safety guidelines, the following council owned facilities are closed to the public until further notice:
- Centres for the Community - all four centres are closed, except for specific health and educational services
- Woking Leisure Centre
- Woking Sportsbox
- Pool in the Park
- Tennis courts
- Multi use games areas
- Skate parks
Council facilities open to the public
We ask visitors to enjoy these facilities responsibly and follow this advice:
- Be prepared – wash your hands in advance, wear a mask and carry hand sanitiser and/or wipes.
- Be sensible – limit your contact with others and keep your distance.
- Be mindful – follow the measures in place to protect you and others.
- Be safe – stay at home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Council service updates
All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector will be given a business rates holiday for 12 months from April 2020. They will not be asked to pay in respect of the financial year 2020 to 2021.
There are a range of business grants available for local businesses.
We will review our corporate estate and provide support to tenants which may need a flexible approach and delay rent payments. Where possible, we will delay the obligation to pay if that enables a business to survive and retain employees.
Guidance for food businesses providing takeaways and deliveries
Businesses offering new takeaway and delivery services must think about any new hazards and ensure updated control measures in place to eliminate risks. Additionally, your business can only offer these additional services if it’s a registered food business with us.
Business advice and support
Community and living well
Brockhill Extra Care
All Brockhill services are closed to the public until further notice. For enquiries, call the Brockhill team on 01483 743 975.
Community support and helpline
Surrey County Council runs a county-wide helpline and support services for vulnerable residents and those struggling to access the right services, finances and food supplies.
Community meals service
The community meals service remains open. This covers residents who have come out of hospital or those who are unable to cook their own meals.
Careline personal care alarms and sensors service
Careline is currently running a reduced service. Please note: no indoor visits are being conducted at present, unless for critical alarm faults.
We have put in place a range of processes and procedures to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.
Centres for the Community
Our Centres for the Community (Moorcroft, Parkview, St Mary’s and The Vyne) are closed to members of the public, except for health and educational services by appointment only.
The Art Cafe at St Mary's (Byfleet) and the Cafe at The Vyne (Knaphill) are open for takeaway service only.
Referrals to the handyperson service can still be made. Until further notice, visits will be made to those who have been discharged from hospital or where visits are considered urgent and essential. All works are conducted following the latest social distancing and Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) requirements.
Returning home after a stay in hospital
Our Homesafe Plus service is not operating in its usual format due to staffing capacity at local hospitals. Hospitals will continue to refer patients to relevant council services where possible.
The social prescribing service is operating a reduced service. Client visits have been suspended, but phone calls to clients continue.
Vulnerable people known to us are being supported and engagement with community networks continue.
Council Tax payments
Council Tax payments will be taken as usual.
Anyone who is struggling to make payments, should contact us to agree a revised payment plan.
Council and democracy
Council and committee meetings
Full Council, Executive and committee meetings continue. All meetings are hosted virtually via Zoom.
Housing - choice based lettings
Bidding for properties via our Choice based lettings (CBL) system is operating as usual on a fortnightly basis.
We are working positively with the York Road Project to ensure our rough sleeper community has accommodation during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
Our housing advice team are conducting homelessness assessments by phone. If you are homeless or have been made homeless due an emergency situation, phone 01483 743 834.
Our housing needs team are still managing phone calls, letters and emails.
Housing register applications are still being accepted by post and processed. Until further notice, we have suspended verification visits until further notice. Unfortunately, this may delay some allocations.
Many properties are still being allocated but there is a delay on repairs due to contractor staff shortages.
Tenancy information for New Vision Homes tenants
New Vision Homes is making all efforts to keep its services running with as little disruption as possible, including scheduled repairs.
Tenants experiencing financial difficulties
We and ThamesWey are working positively with tenants in financial difficulties to avoid the risk of homelessness.
Leisure and culture
Parks, green spaces and children's play areas
Outdoor fitness classes
Bookings for licensed outdoor fitness classes have been suspended until further notice.
Outdoor sports facilities
All tennis courts, outdoor gyms, MUGAs and skateparks are closed to the public until further notice.
Sports pavilion hire
Existing bookings to hire a pavilion have been cancelled and new bookings will not be taken until further notice.
Licensing and permits
The licensing team are continuing to offer driver badge and vehicle renewals only. All enquiries and requested documentation must be emailed to the licensing team and not posted to the Civic Offices.
Until further notice, the team are not accepting new driver licence applications.
Car park and on-street parking charges and civil enforcement are operating a normal service, including parking charges and penalty enforcement.
Planning and building control
Building control applications and site visits
We are still accepting electronic building regulation applications and conducting some visits.
Pre-planning meetings are being conducted as virtual meetings. Written advice will be provided by email: email@example.com
The planning service is still accepting and processing planning applications.
Waste and recycling
Community recycling centres
Community recycling centres (CRC), run by Surrey County Council, will remain open with strict social distancing rules. There is a site located within Woking borough, this is the Martyrs Lane community recycling centre.
Waste and recycling collections
Joint Waste Solutions is running a normal waste and recycling service at present.
Due to advice to stay at home, Joint Waste Solutions is experiencing more demand for its services and it has issued advice on how residents can assist collections during this busy time.
Residents are requested to put out their bins for collection the night before their scheduled collection.
Read Joint Waste Solutions waste and recycling advice for residents.
Joint Waste Solutions has issued specific advice for residents who are self isolating. This involves double bagging your personal waste and isolating it for at least 72 hours.
Read Joint Waste Solutions waste and recycling for residents who are self isolating.
Our employee working arrangements
Wherever possible, appropriate adjustments have been made to enable staff to work from home and continue to deliver services for residents.
Non-essential staff have been redeployed to ensure front-line services can remain open to the public.