RVC closure


Roughlee Parish Council has been considering how best to respond locally to the ever-worsening situation with Coronavirus. We have an important duty to keep those most vulnerable to the virus as safe as possible.

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, including:

  • older adults;
  • people who have underlying health conditions like heart disease and diabetes; and
  • those with weakened immune systems, for example those who have received treatment for cancer.

Closure of Roughlee Village Centre

Avoiding crowds and gatherings is one important measure to help avoid spreading the virus between individuals. The Parish Council has therefore taken the difficult decision to close Roughlee Village Centre with immediate effect. All gatherings, meetings, private hires and events planned over the next few weeks are therefore postponed until further notice.

UPDATE 16 MAR: The government has advised everyone to reduce social interactions to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus. This includes avoiding large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs. The advice also includes avoiding gatherings with friends and family and instead keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media. Further information on this guidance is available online here →

As it is an ongoing and fast-moving situation, the Parish Council will review this decision on a monthly basis at our regular meetings.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Further information is available online from the NHS, including tips for those staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus.