Update on services in Southampton ahead of introduction of new national COVID-19 restrictions

New national restrictions come into force Thursday 5 November

New national restrictions will come into force this Thursday 5 November which we must all follow to keep safe from COVID-19.

Our local data suggests that the infection rate has not only increased amongst younger people but is now moving into older age groups who we know are more vulnerable to its effects. 

Hospital admissions at University Hospital Southampton are rising. If we don’t act now there is a very real risk the local NHS could become overwhelmed and we could see many more deaths over the winter. But we can still do something about it and help keep Southampton safe.

The restrictions mean that in Southampton the following places and services will temporarily close: 

  • Sea City Museum and Southampton Art Gallery (Tudor House will remain closed)
  • Indoor Leisure and Sports Facilities and outdoor multi-use games areas and tennis courts
  • The Municipal Golf Course
  • Weddings and Civil Partnerships
  • Gateway at One Guildhall Square
  • Community Rooms in Housing Complexes
  • Library services will be limited. More detail on the restrictions will follow soon

We will be doing everything we can to ensure essential services are maintained over the coming weeks and months. We will continue to prioritise, as we have always done, the safety of the most vulnerable people in our community.  

  • The Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Millbrook will remain open with the COVID safety measures already in place. The ‘Re-use’ shop will close as non-essential retail
  • Outdoor public spaces and play areas will remain open
  • Public MOT bookings will still be available at City Depot

All other services will be unaffected by the new restrictions at this time. Please visit our website for a full list of services and the latest updates: southampton.gov.uk/coronavirus  

You can read the full detail of the national restrictions here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november  

Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: 

“The top priority of the council is to protect the most vulnerable and keep people safe. Which is what we’ve been doing over the past 8 months.

“A new national winter lockdown will be difficult, especially for businesses and for vulnerable people living in our diverse community. We will mobilise support as quickly as we can to limit the impact on the city and divert resources to keep critical front-line services running.

“Our COVID-19 helpline has remained open since the start of this pandemic. If you – or someone you know – needs help during this time, then please call. We can help direct you to the support you need either from the council or one of the many community and voluntary groups in the city that are doing some amazing work.

“None of us can defeat the virus on our own. It requires our collective efforts and adherence to limit the transmission. Which is why it was incredible to see how the city came together when the virus first took hold earlier this year. If we stick to the rules and keep looking out for each other, the city will emerge safer, united and stronger than before.”

Get support

To get help you can visit http://www.southampton.gov.uk/needhelp/ or call our COVID-19 helpline on 023 8083 4800. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.