Changes to council services due to coronavirus

We will be updating this page with any changes to our services. Some services may need to change the way they run at short notice, we will do our best to keep you informed.

If you are facing financial hardship or need help with benefits see help for residents.

  • Adult social care

    Day centres in the borough remain closed until government restrictions are eased. We are continuing to support our day centre users through telephone, online or by providing a limited outreach service to ensure our residents and carers remain in contact with familiar staff.

    See People First website for information and advice about coronavirus and adult social care services.

    See Health and wellbeing for advice about keeping safe and well. 

  • Births, deaths, citizenships, marriages and civil partnerships

    The register office is still open in the Clockwork Building, Beavor Lane, Hammersmith W6 for pre-booked appointments only. Please book an appointment to register a birth, or to submit notices of intention to marry or form a civil partnership, online or by calling 020 8753 2140 or email

    To register a death, call us on 020 8753 2140 and we will call you back to book an appointment.

    Unfortunately due to the current government restrictions, from Thursday 5 November all marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will have to be postponed. We will contact any affected couples to reschedule.

    See Changes in registrars services due to coronavirus

  • Council meetings

    We are currently holding all of our public committee meetings (including Cabinet, Planning and Licensing) remotely and streaming them live for people to watch on the council’s YouTube channel.

    You can find details of our upcoming committee meetings on our committee calendar page. Just click through to a meeting on the calendar to find out how to watch or participate.

  • Funeral services

    Funeral standards - It is recognised that in these hugely challenging times it may not be possible to conduct funerals and cremations in the usual way. This situation impacts on residents of Hammersmith & Fulham of all and no faith and belief.

    Read more about our funeral standards.

  • Leisure centres

    Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre, Lillie Road Fitness Centre and Phoenix Fitness Centre & Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool will close from Thursday 5 November until government restrictions are lifted.

    All customers will be refunded any prepayment for cancelled activities and memberships will be frozen once again.

    For the latest information and updates about our leisure centres see Better leisure website

    Fulham Pools and Leisure centres in H&F

  • Libraries

    Update 23 November: Hammersmith library is closed until further notice

    Due to the new government COVID-19 restrictions, we will be providing a limited service from Thursday 5 November until the lockdown is lifted.

    Residents will not be able to pop into our four libraries however you can still access our regular reservation service online or by phone 020 7361 3610 with no charge for reserved items.

    We are offering limited IT access at each site for essential use only during this period.

    For more information see Changes to our library services due to coronavirus

  • Markets

    Our essential traders will continue to trade throughout the current lockdown period, providing residents with a great service. 

    In North End Road you'll find stalls selling good value fruit and vegetables, eggs, fresh fish and cheese. Also a few hot food traders selling Thai food, falafel, hot drinks and healthy meals and a hardware stall for cleaning materials, PPE and toiletries. The council is working closely with traders to provide advice and support that helps them operate safely and have completed a risk assessment with each trader. 

    In Lyric Square, Hammersmith we have a reduced number of stalls selling organic bread, organic fruit, and vegetables, and a few hot food stalls providing a take-away service.

    It is important that the traders and the customers continue to stay safe by ensuring social distancing measures are observed to keep our community safe. 

    Please remember to follow the government advice on social distancing when going outside and visiting your local markets. This includes: 

    • stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
    • limit contact with other people 
    • travel on foot or by bike if you can; consider all other options before using public transport 
    • wash your hands for 20 seconds on a regular basis 
    • if you cannot social distance and you’re likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, wearing a face covering is recommended   

    Thank you

  • Recycling and rubbish and bulky waste collection and street cleaning

    Bulky household waste collections. 

    Update 3 November 2020. Due to the new restrictions, the bulky waste collection service will be suspended from Sunday 8 November.

    We are completing bookings that have already been made up to and including Saturday 7 November. 

    Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre

    The Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre will remain open from Thursday, 5 November 2020 onwards but please check the website before you visit to ensure you have the latest information on any new measures that may be introduced.

    See Changes to rubbish and recycling and street cleaning services