on 23 March 2020. Posted in Council News

COVID-19 Guidelines / Advice and Information

During this difficult time, if you have any queries or are looking for information or advice, please visit official sources such as the Government or NHS websites:

The Government:

The NHS:

The Government: How to Help Safetly Guidance (click here).


Social Distancing

If you are looking for guidance and advice on social distancing, please visit the following page on the Government's website:


Households with Possible Infections

If you are looking for guidance and advice on what to do if you believe your household may be infected with COVID-19, please visit the following page on the Government's website:



Yate Town Council Coronavirus Battle Fund

Yate Town Council has decided to divert its usual grant round and make it the 2020/2021 funds available with immediate effect to local organisations to support the Yate community in the battle against the coronavirus and help the residents of Yate.

If your organisation is assisting the local population in this time of crisis and needs financial support, please read the guidelines and complete and submit an application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your application will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Please click here to download guidelines.

Please click here to download application form.


Yate Town Council Information and Guidance - *UPDATED*

Please see below information and guidance from Yate Town Council in regards to COVID-19

Following the Prime Minister's address to the nation on 23rd March 2020, Yate Town Council has made the following decisions:


Yate Town Council is now operating with a limited number of staff working from home with access to limited information and resources; our intention is to provide the best service possible in these exceptional circumstances.


Offices, Buildings and Facilities


To immediately close all Council offices; Poole Court, The Armadillo, Yate Heritage Centre.


Please use the below contact details to contact the Town Council:

Poole Court - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Armadillo -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yate & District Heritage Centre -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We have also immediately closed all our venues.

We have also cancelled all detached youth work sessions which were taking place whilst the Armadillo was closed to the public.


Events & Meetings

We have taken the decision to cancel/postpone some of our upcoming events and meetings following the national escalation of COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents, visitors and staff is our priority and we feel that this is the right decision.

The above applies to the following events:

  • Spring Clean at Templar Fields - was planned for 28th March
  • Yate Ageing Better Champions Meeting - was planned for 31st March
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Kingsgate Park - was planned for 13th April
  • St George's Day Celebrations - was planned for 25th April
  • Annual Town Meeting - was scheduled for 21st April (Please note that this meeting has been widely publicised in a newsletter that has been or is about to be delivered to every house which was written before the current crisis hit - this meeting has been cancelled).
  • VE Day - was planned for 7th May (will be reorganised to coincide with VJ Day in August).
  • Annual Town Council Meeting - for 12th May TBC
  • Yate Rocks! - 27th & 28th June
  • All Town Council Committee Meetings
  • Yate Ageing Better Launch - postponed until later in the year

Please watch this space as some of these events will be rearranged or reorganised in a slightly different way.


Parks and Play Areas

As per Government instruction, Yate Town Council play areas are closed to the public. We have locked the following sites:

  • Tyndale Park;
  • Witches Hat Play Area;

Although several of our other play area sites cannot be locked, they are not to be used by the public.


Kingsgate Park

The Town Council reopened Kingsgate Park on Friday 24th Arpil with all social distancing guidelines being enforced.

The park opening/closing times will be: 10.00am - 5.00pm but the play area, gym equipment, sports court and water feature will remain closed to the public.

This decision was taken in consultation with the local police. They will monitor any reports they receive regarding gatherings etc. and liasie with us should the re-closure of the park become necessary. (The link to report gatherings is:

The re-opening times allow the Town Council Estates team time for some maintenance/tree works, a final inspection and to take measures to close areas within the park that remain out of public use.


Please use Kinsgate Park in line with Government guidance:

  • Do not use it for social gatherings, picnics, sunbathing, BBQs or for cintact ball games with people who don't live in your household;
  • Do not use it if it is busy and keep at least 2m apart from people not in your household;
  • Keep dogs on leads at all times;
  • Avoid touching surfaces such as gates or handrails and then your mouth or face (Follow Public Health England advice on hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home);
  • Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms - fever, cough, shortness of breath. (See NHS guidelines if this applies to you).


Brinsham Lake - Fishing

Angling is now permitted with social distancing and other guidelines in place.

Notices will be displayed around the lake in repect of the guidelines.

Guidelines for fishing the lake:

  • Keep at least 2m apart and only visit with members of your household;
  • Do not visit if this area is busy;
  • Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms - fever, cough, shortness of breath. (See NHS guidelines if this applies to you);
  • No keepnets or competition fishing;
  • No sharing of fishing positions/pegs;
  • No sharing of fishing tackle or other items;
  • No night-fishing.


Kickabout Areas

Kickabout areas at Halifax Road, Lye Field, Millside and Yate West Kickabout* are open with social distancing guidelines in place.

*The Yate West Kickabout area, near Tyndale Primary school, will be open every week day from approx. 3.30pm (closed daily at 8am) and will be open all weekend.


Sunnyside Tennis Courts

The Sunnyside tennis courts are now available for public use 7 days a week subject to the hirer complying with the safe distancing rules (with members of the same household or one other person staying two metres apart).

Bookings and payment need to be made on weekdays by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 24 hours prior to games being played.

We will only hire out one court per booking, unless players are from the same householf and payment must be made via bank transfer in advance of the games being played.


Payment to Suppliers

Due to our offices being closed, please send any invoices from your company / organisation via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within your email, please include an email address, if different, for further correspondanceto be sent to along with the process required.

The Council will endeavour to make payments of authorised invoices within 14 days.


Yate Heritage Centre - Kids Zone Facebook Page

Here at Yate Heritage Centre, we want to do our part to support children and young people, parents, carers and teachers through this period of school closures by bringing you high-quality educational materials to use at home or in the classroom.

We will focus on history but will sometimes include other bits and bobs that we hope might be useful.

Please note, we will do our very best to make sure that all materials shared are suitable for children, but when using the internet, it is really important that parents, carers and teachers check material out first to make sure it is appropriate.

A note on home-schooling: at this time, we know that lots of parents and carers are feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of teaching in such altered circumstances. Many will also be balancing working from home, caring for other children and many other responsibilities. The materials we share are designed to support you, not overwhelm you. Nobody expects parents to become star teachers overnight. Any education work you do with your children is something to be proud oF.

At this time, we are all trying our best in a new and strange situation and that is good enough!

Facebook Page:


How Can You Help?

Yate and Sodbury COVID-19 Help & Support Facebook Group

Yate Town Council is working hard with this wonderful group, neighbourhood watch schemes and local churched to bring a co-ordinated response towards helping our local vulnerable and isolated residents.

Facebook Page:


Guide to Support Group & Information: please click here to download

This includes useful links and information on places where you can receive help and support


MyYate Community Support

MyYate has dedicated pages of their website to provide information and support during this difficult time.

Home Delivery - Food:
Home Delivery - Other: