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LIVE BLOG: How is Coronavirus affecting Bath?

Hello and welcome to our daily live blog focusing on how Coronavirus is affecting Bath. We're here to bring you updates from local Bath businesses and to provide the community with all the necessary information needed to help us get through this difficult time. If you want to have your thoughts included then leave us a comment at the bottom of the blog.


Bath Carnival, which was scheduled for July, has been cancelled.


BANES have loaned free e-bikes to key workers to help them travel easily for essential journeys.



Bath Citizens Advice are open to receive calls from residents of BANES 0300 247 0050


Bath Foodbank have a new donation point at Harvest on Walcot Street. They are also requesting donations to target the help people now need.


BANES 3SG have gone live with a telephone helpline today. The Compassionate Community Telephone Hub operates Monday to Friday. 0300 247 0050


BANES librarians have set up a virtual library for all those already with BANES library online access. Happy reading!


Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for the Coronavirus but with mild symptoms and is now self-isolating in Downing Street.


Bath Farmers Market is open this Saturday at Green Park Station. Social distancing will be in place with limited numbers being let in to the market at any one time.



#clapforourcarers gathers pace as Bath prepares to give NHS staff a round of applause at their front doors at 8pm tonight.


BANES have suspended all car parking charges enabling key workers to park without fear of charge or penalty.


The Abbey Hotel Bath is now closed. In a statement they vowed to 'see you soon, well be back better and stronger on the other side, once this has passed.'


Peasdown Party in the Park festival has been cancelled.


Homeless charity Julian House asks hotels and property owners to help them and consider offering spare rooms to homeless people who need to self isolate.


Coronavirus forces the closure of the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, saying on their Instagram post, 'it is not goodbye, it is see you soon'.


Major changes to the First Bus timetable have been made. The bus service provider are offering a hugely reduced service, including the Park and Ride. Please consult their website for details.


Boris Johnson delivered an address to the nation last night with more draconian rules on movement. Here's what you CAN leave your house for:

  • shopping for necessities as infrequently as possible
  • to exercise once a day, either alone or with members of your household
  • to aid vulnerable people and for any medical need
  • to travel to and from work where you cant work at home and only when necessary

Bath, Midsomer Norton and Keynsham One Stop Shop's remain open providing council information services.



Komedia are going online launching two new weekly items for our online content. Head to their website for more.


Bath BID say that all Bath Gift Cards will be honoured and to get in touch if you need to if the card is near to its expiry period.


All BANES recycling centres are now closed.


BANES Council has moved to reduced recycling and garden waste collection services. All garden waste collections are suspended for three wees and recycling collections are now limited. Refuse collections are, for now, normal.


PM Boris Johnson addresses the nation and the people of the UK will now only be allowed to leave home for limited purposes.


BANES formally declares the current situation a major incident in accordance with the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act.


BANES closes all children's play areas across the county alongside the city's libraries.


Solicitors Mogers Drewett are closing their offices temporarily today to 'protect clients and staff'. They continue to be contactable.


Milsom Place shops and restaurants are all now closed say the management.


Bath burger take away favourites Schwartz Bros. who have establishments on both Walcot and Sawclose are now closed.


BANES recycling centres advise that people should stay at home and only visit sites if necessary. Staff are now unable to helo unload cars.


Avebury and Stonehenge visitor centres are now closed.


Bath University students have donated their unused food to Bath foodbanks before heading home because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Gensis Trust, a charity that work with homeless and vulnerable people in Bath were the recipients of the perishable goods.


3SG continue to grow it's #compassionatecommunity connecting volunteers and those in need in our communities. To date over 1500 have signed up who are then mapped within wards (areas of Bath) who are then mapped to needs. Fantastci. Very well done. For more use www.3sg.org.uk


Better by BANES now have virtual classes available for free via their app. Use the code BETTERFREE to join.


Award-winning book sellers Toppings are now closed but vow to 'get books to you however we can'. They are offering a no contact collection and delivery service.


More Dorothy House news. The Hospice charity are closing all its shops and ask that you make a donation over the coming days to support the work they do, end of life care. www.dorothyhouse.org.uk


Ubiety, a revenue stream for Dorothy House, making beautiful body care and home fragrance products and are offering their websites to makers without social platforms. They say to get in touch via their instagram page @findubiety


Bath Yoga Studio has moved to offer yoga classes online with a three month unlimited rolling pass. See their social channels for more.


Picnic Café are offering a free slice of cake with your take out coffee TODAY whilst stocks last. They'd love to see you so give them some support if you need to be out and about in Bath.


The famous Packhorse pub, famed the world over, after the local fought to save it, are now offering food on takeaway service and the pub will also operate as a pub. See their website for updates.


All National Trust Parks are now closed alongside their cafes in order to 'keep staff and customers safe'. Originally the trust tried to keep parks open, and for free, but governmental and scientific pressures meant this now longer stands.


Boris Johnsons asks all restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, gyms, theatres to close tonight. Take away food is an exception.


Thermae Bath Spa closes from Saturday 21st March until further notice, 'taken in the interest of both staff and guests'. Their statement is here: https://www.thermaebathspa.com/


Shindig Festival announces a new provisional date in September of 24th -27th with current tickets being valid.


Bath Festivals announces that it can not go ahead with the event on the scheduled dates and that individual events will either be rescheduled or cancelled. Read their statement here: individual events will either be rescheduled or cancelled.


Toppings book shop reamins open for the time being offering a hand delivery service for customers.


The North Face store temporarily closes saying it recognises its responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of employees and customers.


The Cosy Club has now reduced its opening hours to 11 til 9, open daily.


Pret has closed its shop today too with a notice in their window telling customers to 'look after each other'.


Hollister in Southgate has temporarily closed their store.


The Theatre Royal Bath share their last company meeting photo 'for a while' on their Instagram feed. They promise that there is work going on behinds the scenes to deliver entertainment as soon as possible. https://www.instagram.com/p/B99a_cel0Za/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


The Marlborough Tavern shuts its doors for the forseeable future saying godbye with a 'heavy heart'.


All Bath heritage sites are now closed, including The Roman Baths, the Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery, the Pump Rooms and the Assembly Rooms until further notice. Read our full report here: https://www.totalguidetobath.com/lifestyle/temporary-closure-of-bath-heritage-sites/


Get Fit in Bath have a free home workout challenge designed to keep us all as fit as possible. Check their Facebook page for more.


Timbrell's Yard who announced their temporary closure yesterday, are donating all their perishable goods to Dorothy House.


Studio 37 Gym, ladies only gym in Shepton Mallet are closing their doors and moving online for the forseeable future. Check in to see their timetable dates.


The Hare & Hounds on Lansdown has also announced its temporary closure saying 'we are going in to hibernation until the world returns to something resembling normal'.


The Green Bird Café is temorarily closing their café on Margaret's Buildings on Saturday 21st March at 4pm they announced on Instagram with a handwritten note ending 'take care & hopefully see you soon'.


Bath Yoga Studio have quickly moved to live streaming their morning classes. Head to their instgram page for details on how to book on. Or find their website with a new live streaming tab. Prices have been re-structured to reflect their virtual nature and are at a lower price.


Local Gym Stanza Fitness launch a food bank collection supporting staff at the hospital as well as local residents needing toiletries and groceries. Find their gym on Trim Street, Bath.


The Forever Friends Appeal launch a new appeal 'Help Your Hospital heroes' hoping to raise funds to support the well being of its staff, provide vital equipment and care packages during the corona crisis. You can donate here: https://www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/news/the-forever-friends-appeal-launches-help-your-hospital-heroes-appeal


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