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Coronavirus - Council facilities and meetings


The Government has confirmed that elections on 7 May have been postponed due to COVID-19.


There may be a delay in processing payments by cheque over the next couple of months. Please pay online or by phone if you can.

Leisure centres

All leisure centres in the Forest of Dean are now closed. Visit the Freedom Leisure website if you have questions about your membership, and to find out how to exercise online.

Car parks

Car parking charges will resume from 15 June.

For all current car park permit holders these will be extended for one month.

Cemeteries and funerals

Yew Tree Brake Cemetery is open to visitors (other than those attending a funeral) 9am to 8pm seven days a week.

Mile End Cemetery is open to visitors (other than those attending a funeral) 9am to 8pm seven days a week.

Access to toilets and water sources will be unavailable at either site so visitors should bring water with them if required for flowers.

Social distancing must be observed at all times.  No social gatherings should take place.

The situation will be revisited should longer working hours be required or cremations and funerals take place on Saturday or Sunday.

More information is available in the Government regulations on funerals and cemeteries.

Reopening of outdoor playgrounds

The Government has now issued guidance on reopening outdoor playgrounds which can be found here:


Please note that indoor play areas must remain closed at this time.