Services and events affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Details of council services and events impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

How schools are affected
Service change Impact/status
School closures Our list of school closures is regularly updated to provide details on reported closures.
Transferring or moving school Check in-year transfers.
Appealing for a school place Appeal hearings will be heard remotely and we will be emailing parents in due course with dates of when these will be arranged. We will do our best to ensure that as many appeals as possible are heard by the standard deadlines but regret that some appeals may be heard later than we would have expected.

Registration services - births, deaths and ceremonies

Check whether our registration offices are open.

How births, deaths and ceremonies are affected
Service change Impact
Civil partnership and marriage ceremonies

See Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies during coronavirus.

Birth registration

See Registering a birth

Birth re-registrations

See  Birth re-registrations.

Registering a death

See Registering a death

Registering a still-birth

See Registering a still-birth.

Registration offices

See Registration offices 

John Radcliffe office

Our births and deaths registration offices at the John Radcliffe Hospital are closed until further notice

Citizenship ceremonies

See Citizenship ceremonies

Ordering certificates

We are only able to issue certificates for marriages and civil partnerships, births and deaths which occurred in Oxfordshire after 1 January 2019 .

For copies of other certificates contact the General Register Office

How the Coroner's Service is affected
Service change Impact/status
Oxford Coroner's Court

The Oxford Coroner’s Court is operating as usual. Find out which inquests and when.

How public health and wellbeing services are affected
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Public health and wellbeing

Services provided by our health care partners have been adapted to follow COVID-19 secure practices. Check their websites to see the specific changes

How social care is affected
Service change Impact/status

Home visits

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and home visiting guidance (pdf format, 401Kb) has been written for carers, personal assistants, and volunteers on safe home visits.

How roads and transport services are affected
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Highway maintenance

We are continuing to carry out essential repairs to ensure that roads remain operational and safe.

Our contractors are ensuring that working practices relevant to government guidance can be adhered to. 

If you see anyone working on the roads they are performing a vital service. Please observe social distancing rules.

How waste and recycling is affected
Service change Impact/status
Household waste and recycling centres

All household waste recycling centres are open.


Kerbside collections If anyone in your household has or is suspected to have coronavirus, all personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

It is believed that the virus is unable to survive outside of the body for more than 72 hours. Storing any infected waste for that length of time before collection helps to protect others, including the waste collection crew.

Recycling, food and green waste can be placed in the correct bin as normal, no special arrangements are needed.

For up to date information on kerbside collections, see your local district or city council website.

How libraries are affected
Service status Impact
Library open hours

Most of our libraries have reopened their doors. Please check for updates or visit the library.

Old Marston library has reopened but is operating a click and collect service.

Bampton Library is unable to open due to building work.

Residents can also access our extensive online services, providing inspiration, creativity and relaxation. Ebooks and eAudiobooks,  online music library, Pressreader and OverDrive magazines, as well as lots of free resources to help with studying at home, are all available at the click of a button.

In the library
  • Hand sanitiser will continue to be provided at the entrance to libraries.
  • You are encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • Please be mindful of the space between you, library staff and members of the public not known to you.
  • NHS Test and Trace QR code and form will remain available.
  • Public toilets may now be opened for public access.
  • Books and audiovisual items will no longer be quarantined although, for convenience, a returns box may still be placed at the entrance.
  • Most libraries are now able to take contactless and chip and PIN card payments. We prefer that customers pay by card if possible. Payments can also be made online via your library account.
Late fines

No library customer will be penalised as a result of having to self-isolate or being unable to travel to return library loans. Please contact library staff if you have any concerns.

Library events

The Music Performance Sets service is now back and available to take orders for orchestral, chamber and choral meetings that can be held safely.

The Reading Group Service continues to operate and welcomes new groups that can meet safely.

Other events such as rhymetimes, storytimes, class visits, and digital helpers are returning gradually.  Please enquire at the library for more information.

Providing documents for applications

By appointment only, libraries can validate documents for applications such as:

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service continues to be available.

How museum and history services are affected
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The Oxfordshire Museum

The Oxfordshire Museum is open.

The Museums Resource Centre is open by appointment only.

Swalcliffe Barn is open.

Oxfordshire History Centre

Oxfordshire History Centre is open.

Oxfordshire Music Service

Teaching has resumed in schools where possible, or online, and ensembles are returning gradually (contact the ensemble leader for more information).

How parking services are affected
Service change Impact/status
Resident parking permits

You can apply online for any of the following:

Once your application has been approved you will be notified that it has been posted to you.

Parking enforcement

Residential parking and parking restrictions across Oxford will continue to be enforced. This will ensure emergency services, waste collections and key workers are not hindered by obstructive or dangerous parking. 

On-street parking

On-street pay and display parking bays

Dropped kerbs

You can apply online for a dropped kerb.

How the Fire and Rescue Service is affected
Service change Impact/status
Fire safety training

Fire safety training courses.

Fire protection service

Fire safety advice for businesses and the public.

How countryside services are affected
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Public rights of way

We have produced advice about social distancing and using public rights of way (pdf format, 58Kb).

How council meetings are affected
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Council meetings Council meetings.