COVID 19 Update

Somerset moves into Tier 4 on the 31st December 2020

Somerset will be escalated to Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions from midnight on the 30th December 2020 in a bid to reduce a rise in cases.

For Somerset residents living in a Tier 4 area, this means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. The essential guidelines are set out below:
  • No household mixing, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spaces.
  • Hospitality closed, aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only open for click-and-collect and delivery.
  • Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.
  • Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open during term time (please refer to government guidance for latest updates). Registered childcare, other supervised activities for childcare purposes, and childcare bubbles permitted.
  • Indoor leisure, accommodation and personal care – closed.
  • You must not stay overnight away from home. Limited exceptions apply.
  • Funerals of up to 30 people permitted. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to six. Weddings of up to six can continue in exceptional circumstances.
  • Indoor entertainment closed. Some outdoor attractions may remain open.
  • Places of worship open for private prayer and communal worship but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.
  • You must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons. If you must travel, you should stay local, and reduce the number of journeys you make. You must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home. Residents in Tiers 1 – 3 should not enter Tier 4 areas. Do not travel abroad if you live in a Tier 4 area unless an exemption applies.
  • You can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household. Outdoor sport allowed but gatherings limit applies except for youth and disabled sport.
  • You can visit relatives in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.
  • The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments.
For more information visit:

Recycling sites re-opening

From Monday 1 June, all 16 recycling sites will be returning to standard summer opening hours. Opening hours information will be updated on the Somerset Waste Partnership website from Monday morning.

For more information, see here. Note that for Frome, Taunton and Yeovil, this will mean a return to seven days a week opening. From Monday, we will also be ending the odds and even number plate access system for all sites.

All other restrictions remain in place – no extra materials are being accepted compared to this week, max two people per household, wearing gloves, trailers and 3.5 tonne vans only between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays.

While this is a key step towards business as usual, we are avoiding making too many changes at once so we do not create an unmanageable or unsafe situation for residents or staff.

There will be further phases to get us back to as close to usual as possible.

We will continue to highlight that queues are to be expected due to the social distancing measures that are in place, and will remind people to turn off their engines if waiting, and that trips should only be made if they are really necessary.

Somerset Waste Partnership’s roll-out of the Recycle More service that will expand kerbside recycling. Under the proposals, Recycle More would be introduced in four phases over around 18 months, starting in Mendip at the end of October this year. South Somerset would see the service at end of June/early July 2021.

UPDATE 28.7.2020

Key features of Recycle More include:

  • Expanded weekly kerbside recycling, notably adding plastic pots, tubs and trays.
  • All households to receive a new recycling container – a ‘bright blue bag’.
  • Three weekly rubbish collections – as more recycling means more space in bins.
  • New collection days for many households.

The new service will be introduced area by area so SWP’s five depots can be upgraded to handle thousands of tonnes of extra recycling. This means Recycle More will not reach some parts of the county for some time and until it arrives it is important that people continue to recycle as they do now.

Link to SSDC Recycling Website:

Updated August 2020


Nick Cater
Senior Communications Officer
Somerset Waste Partnership