Places you can go to / can’t go or do / shops open

A round-up of local services still open or closed because of coronavirus

Open or closed for now – header for things which are / aren't open during the coronavirus pandemic, March 2020.

Let’s begin with government advice:

Stay at home.

    • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work.
    • Stay two metres (six feet) away from other people.
    • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
    • Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others.
Stay at home guidance.

    • Do contact the Gamlingay and Hatley Coronavirus Support Group, if you are self isolating and require help with essential food shopping, collecting a prescription from the local chemist, take your dog for a walk or want a friendly chat.
    • Greensands Medical Practice has suspended all pre-booked face to face appointments with GPs – they will automatically be converted into telephone consultations. Until further notice, all future GP appointments have been replaced with telephone consultations.  Full details of this and other key points, including prescriptions, are on the practice’s website.

Places which are open

Shops selling food, along with banks, post offices and garages, are among the retailers which are allowed to be open.


Places which are closed

Government guidelines are quite clear about what should not be open, whether shops or public spaces:

  • The play area in Hatley St George is closed – there’s no fence so please observe the ‘no entry’ sign.
  • All non-essential retail stores – this includes clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets – excluding food markets.
  • Libraries, community centres and youth centres.
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
  • Communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
  • Places of worship (like Hatley St George church and St Mary’s Gamlingay), except for funerals attended by immediate families.  No weddings, baptisms etc.
  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks and boarding houses for commercial / leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

Recycling centres

Biggleswade – closed.
Royston – closed.
St Neots – closed


Cambridgeshire – while all services are now closed, all library charges have been suspended and the due dates of items extended until at least the end of April.

Woods and open spaces

The play area in Hatley St George – closed.
The Butts play area, skatepark and tennis courts in Gamlingay – closed.

The Wildlife Trust owns a number of woods near Hatley –  these are closed:

Gamlingay Wood
Hayley Wood
Waresley & Gransden Wood

The National Trust has closed all its open spaces, including Wimpole Hall.

Post created 24th March 2020; updated 27th March 2020.