Supporting our community (COVID-19)

Supporting our community (COVID-19)

The city council is here if you need help due to the impacts of COVID-19. Whether it is help with benefits, an emergency housing situation, getting a prescription or food collected and delivered – or even putting you in touch with someone to chat if you are feeling isolated and struggling. 

As a council, we are committed to: 

  • Continuing to provide all our services – from housing repair and waste collection to planning and maintaining our open spaces 
  • Working closely with partner organisations to allow you to go about daily life in our district with confidence
  • Holding public meetings virtually - see here for ways you can join online meetings and ask questions   
  • Providing essential support to businesses as they recover – whether through grant relief, advice on the latest support on a national and regional level
  • A Restoration & Recovery Plan and a Carbon Reduction Action Plan to ensure our district is sustainable and protected for future generations. If you would like to have your say on the future of our district email
  • Is prepared for any future outbreaks of COVID-19 and is already working with key organisations as we regularly monitor infection rates across Hampshire
  • Latest government guidance - 12 October 2020 

    The Government has introduced a three tiered system to show infection levels in local areas using three categories: one (medium), two (high) and three (very high).  Currently Winchester district is classified as tier one (experiencing a medium level of infections).

    This means:

    • Pubs and restaurants close at 10pm
    • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-19 Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
    • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
    • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
    • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take places, provided the Rule of Six is followed
    • People must not meet in groups larger than six, indoors or outdoors