Plea from Henley Mayor to Adhere to Covid-19 Rules

Following the announcement of a national lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday 5 January we wanted to urge all the people of Henley to follow COVID rules and to update our residents on Council Facilities and Services.

We would like to remind residents that government advice stipulates that you must stay at home.  This is the single most important action that we can take to curb the spread of the virus.

Mayor of Henley, Councillor Ken Arlett says “This is a crucial phase, and we must urge residents of Henley to follow government guidance to the letter.  We were sad to hear multiple reports of people not respecting the rules last weekend.  We cannot emphasise enough that your care and consideration for others will save lives. If you must leave home for essential reasons, please wear a face covering, use hand sanitizer, wash your hands regularly and please dispose of your face masks carefully.  The lives and livelihoods of the people of Henley depend on your actions now.  Maintain social distancing in our parks and play areas and in our Market Place.  We continue to liaise with SODC Environmental Health and Thames Valley Police on this matter.”

In Henley the number of cases has only dropped slightly to 68 from 78 in the last days up to 7 January.  In South Oxfordshire the number of cases has dropped too (21%) but the deaths have increased to 15 in the last 7 days up from 4 (87.5%).  140 people were admitted to Royal Berkshire Hospital.

We are working to support our residents and businesses during this time.  Where services are open, we will be adhering to strict social distancing measures and the latest government guidance.  For further information please visit and


Facilities and Services 


Information CentreOpen during normal office hours for phone calls/ email.

We cannot accommodate in person appointments at this time. Please call us to discuss your requests.  Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm on 01491 576982

Mill Meadows

Marsh Meadows

Makins Recreation Ground

Freemans Meadow Gillotts Field

MarketsOpen for essential food and drink stalls only
Bus serviceWill continue to run
ParkingParking enforcement will continue
Funerals and burialsWill take place in line with latest government guidance
WeddingsWill be rescheduled except in very specific circumstances
Room HireAll room hire to be cancelled/rescheduled including Old Fire Station Gallery exhibitions
Outdoor gym (Makins Recreation Ground)Closed
Jubilee Park

(all-weather pitch/outdoor sports centre)


Where facilities are open/running – Please follow the most up to date government advice including guidance regarding When you can leave home and Meeting Others


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