Cardiff Council Service Changes due to Welsh Government ‘Fire Break' restrictions


Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives 

The Welsh Government's Fire Break restrictions come into effect at 6pm this evening.

This means that, from tonight:

  • People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes, such as for exercise.
  • People must work from home wherever possible;
  • People must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with either indoors and outdoors;
  • No gatherings will be allowed outdoors;
  • All non-food retail, hospitality businesses, close contact services and events and tourism businesses, such as hotels must close;
  • Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will be required to close.

The Fire-Break will remain in place until Monday, 9thNovember, and due to the restrictions, some Cardiff Council services need to change.

The following is a summary of the changes and further details can be found on the Cardiff Council website here:

The Welsh Government has also published Coronavirus Fire-Break Frequently Asked Questions which can be viewed here:


Recycling and Waste

Household collections of general waste, recycling and food waste continue as normal over the Fire-Break lockdown period.

Household Recycling Centres have had to close due to the restrictions and will reopen on Monday 9thNovember.

As previously announced, garden waste collections will be suspended in November, December and February to help the council deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure general waste, recycling and food waste collections can continue to take place. Read more here:

Parks, Play Areas and Leisure

All parks and play areas remain open over the course of the Welsh Government Fire-Break lockdown.

Leisure Centres and Cardiff International White Water have all had to close for the duration of the Fire-Break.

Cardiff Castle is also closed:

Volunteer dog walking at Cardiff Dogs Home continue by appointment, and the home continues to accept strays. The home is closed to the public and rehoming has been suspended.

Schools and Free School Meals

Schools will reopen for pupils in Year 8 and below and for pupils with Special Education Need after half-term, on Monday 2nd November.

Pupils in Year 9 and above will return to school on Monday 9th November and blended learning will be provided by schools during the week commencing Monday 2nd November.

Pupils eligible for Free School Meals will have vouchers provided to use during half-term week (Monday 26thOctober to Friday 30thOctober). Read more here:

Schools Frequently Asked Questions are available here:

Hubs, Libraries, Help and Advice

Central Library Hub, The Powerhouse, St Mellons Hub and Ely & Caerau Hub will be open during the Fire-Break to customers with pre-arranged emergency appointments, for services such as into work support, money advice and help with housing and benefits. All other hubs and libraries have to close, and they will reopen on Monday 9thNovember.

Anyone needing support can call the Council's Advice number on 029 2087 1071. Cardiff Foodbanks remain open and Foodbank vouchers are available from the Adviceline, or from one four Hubs open for appointments.

Read more here:

Council Housing Repairs

Emergency repairs and urgent work will continue to be carried out during the Fire-Break lockdown. Routine repairs are suspended while restrictions remain in place. 

Cemeteries and Registry Office

Cemeteries remain open for visitors during the Fire-Break. The offices at Western Cemetery and Thornhill Cemetery have had to close to the public and a telephone service is in place.