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Reopening Nottingham safely

Find out how lockdown is easing, as services and public spaces reopen safely in a phased way in Nottingham. To read more about our approach to re-opening Nottingham safely please click here

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Council Services

Household Waste and Recycling Centre


18 May


Members of the public should not visit the HWRC if they are:

  • Extremely vulnerable or remaining at home for shielding purposes
  • Symptomatic with COVID-19
  • In 14 day isolation period
  • Should if possible wear gloves / face masks and as a minimum hand sanitise before and after using the site.

Opening hours are 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. No appointment necessary but people should be prepared to queue or be turned away if demand is too great or cars are blocking the public highway.

Vans/car/MPV derived vans with a GVW above 2,495kg can only access the centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1pm until 6pm. Please note the site may shut early if queues are too long. Car drivers should note this time will be busier.

Members of the public should abide by social distancing guidelines at all times.

Cars should have no more than two occupants. A driver’s licence must be shown to prove city residency.

The number of vehicles allowed on site at any time (one in, one out) is limited and visits should only be made if waste disposal is essential and unavoidable (i.e. waste cannot be stored safely at home).

Please avoid bringing excessive amounts of waste so we can get people in and out as quickly as possible to help reduce queue times.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, and until further notice, the centre is not accepting any vans or trailers, regardless of any exemption letter that the driver may hold.

On-site staff will not be able to assist the public with heavy or bulky items. Members of the public should only bring items they can safely unload and manage themselves or with one other occupant of the car.


Bulky Waste


18 May


Only one booking is permitted per household, per month. The number of items per booking is six items maximum (a dismantled item will be categorised as one item) All bedding/towels/clothes must be double bagged, white or electrical goods will not be collected.

Items booked for collection must be managed/handed by one person. If they can’t be managed/handled by one person – the item will not be collected.

If anyone in the household is self-isolating or is displaying symptoms of COVID 19 they will not be able to make a booking. All booking (online/calls) will follow a flowchart to help identify if this is the case.

Garden Waste


26 May


Garden waste is being collected as normal.

Street Scene


8 June


Street Scene full service:
- Garden Assistance
- Parks Maintence
- Mowing
- Weed Spraying

Woodthorpe Plant Shop


10 June


We are taking measures to ensure staff and customer safety, including new signage and wayfinding and measures to limit hand to shared surface contact and minimise unnecessary interactions with others. Staff will clean the site at times when customers are not present.  

The Plant Shop and outdoor sales area will re-open.

The Plant Nursery will remain closed to the public.

Online orders will continue for customers who do not wish to visit in person.

Bulwell Hall Golf Club


10 June


We are taking measures to ensure staff and customer safety, including new signage and wayfinding and measures to limit hand to shared surface contact and minimise unnecessary interactions with others. Staff will clean the site at times when customers are not present.  

The Club House will remain closed.

The course will re–open but all activity will be pre-booked and prepaid so there will be no interaction with customers.

There will be no catering provision and the dining area will be closed.

Information for local retailers and businesses

The City Council is working with the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), retailers and other local businesses to ensure the city centre and neighbourhood shopping areas can start reopen safely.

This follows the Government’s decision to ease lockdown restrictions allowing all non-essential retail to open from 15 June.

A range of measures are being put in place to enable people to move around public places safely and to support retailers with safe trading. This will include signage on pavements and outside shops to ask people to maintain social distancing, as well as encouraging people to keep left on pavements and pedestrianised areas.

Nottingham received £294,601 from a total of £50m being provided nationally from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that the Government is making available to councils to support businesses to re-open safely.

Links to guidance and advice to local businesses:

Nottingham BID reopening checklist

Risk assessment guidance and template

Shops and branches

All government Coronavirus guidance

Contact us:

Please email if your business needs help and advice on reopening, including issues relating to queues, licensing and highways issues.



Outdoor markets


15 June


For more information of which markets are reopened and their current opening times, visit the Nottingham Markets Coronavirus page.

Staffed public toilets in Greyhound Street off the Old Market Square, and in Bulwell.


15 June


Nottingham Tennis Centre

We're delighted to have been able to open 16 of our outdoor courts for you to play on, by advance booking only. We've made some changes to make tennis safer, so please follow our Safe Tennis Guidelines if you're coming to visit.

We have a car park and one accessible toilet available.

Opening times are

Mon-Fri: 10am - 6pm

Weekends: 10am - 4pm

For more information visit the Nottingham Tennis Centre website.

Active Nottingham Live

Join in with LIVE Active Nottingham fitness classes from the comfort of your own home!

FREE – One week of live classes, from Monday 22 June until Sunday 28 June.

Watch your favourite instructors run your favourite classes over Zoom.

For more information see the event on Facebook


The facilities and services are regularly changing at our museums and heritage sites. For up to date information please visit the individual site websites at:

Libraries (phased reopening)


Some of our Libraries are reopening on Monday 6 July.

These are the Dales Centre, Hyson Green, The Meadows, Southglade Park and Strelley Road.

There will be a few changes to the way our Libraries work for the safety of our team and customers.

Visit our dedicated page showing these changes, and for updates on the phased reopening of other libraries too!

Queen's Drive Park & Ride


6 July

Queen’s Drive Park and Ride is now open and NCT service 49 is serving the site again.

Please note that the Medilink service continues to operate as normal between the City Hospital, Wilkinson Street Park and Ride and the QMC, and will extend to Queens Drive from Monday 13 July.

Please ensure you follow social distancing guidelines around the site and use the hand santiser provided.

The Customer Service desk and public toilets will not be opened for public use.


The public transport operators who use the site have adopted a number of safety measures, which include significantly increased cleaning regimes at depots and on vehicles, seat covers and vinyls on vehicle floors to encourage social distancing. Please use pre-paid tickets where possible or exact fare.

Play Areas


6 July


  • Clean your hands before and after visiting
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keep 2 metres from other people where possible
  • Only one adult per child in the play area at once
  • No food or drink within the play area

Please follow these rules so that this play area can stay open and wait and visit another time if busy.

Gyms & Leisure

Following the news (9 July) that government guidance is being updated to allow gyms and leisure to open from 25.07.20, we are working to respond appropriately. As a council service, any changes to our services must be subject to a thorough review and approved by our Councillors. The wellbeing of our service users and staff is at the centre of all decision making. 

A great deal of thought, consultation, and hard work has gone into preparing our centres for opening under social distancing over the last few months. We are confident we will be well-prepared to open ‘Covid-Secure’ when we restart our leisure centres. 

We are committed to keeping our staff and members informed and will release an update as soon as we have an approved plan of action in response to the government’s announcement. 

We don’t have a set restart date yet but will announce one soon.

Visit for updates

Car Parks

The Lace Market car park has now reopened.

For more information visit