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National Lockdown - what’s still open and what’s not

Published: 5 January 2021

What’s still open and what’s not What’s still open and what’s not

With the third National Lockdown starting on Tuesday 5 January, people in Exeter will be wanting to know which City Council facilities and services will be closed and which ones will stay open.

Government guidance on what can and cannot be done can be found on the Gov.UK website

From Tuesday 5 January:

  • The Customer Service Centre, Paris Street will be open for homelessness enquiries and emergency homelessness issues only
  • All rubbish and recycling collections will continue to operate as usual (please check Christmas and New Year schedules at
  • Recycling centres operated by Devon County Council are open but reuse shops remain closed
  • Leisure Centres in Exeter are closed to the public. Payments have been suspended and further details are available on the website at
  • Skate parks, tennis courts and Multi-use games areas (MUGAS) will close in line with government guidance
  • The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery remains shut to visitors
  • Exeter Corn Exchange is now closed for all events (with the exception of scheduled blood donor sessions).
  • Exeter’s free Red Coat Guided Tours are not currently running
  • Exeter’s Custom House Visitor Centre is closed to visitors
  • All City Council-run car parks remain open apart from the following: John Lewis multi-storey car park and Mary Arches Street multi-storey car park will close from 6 January until further notice but the outside surface car park at Mary Arches Street will remain operational as normal.
  • Parks (including Valley Parks) and play areas remain open across the city
  • As do allotments but with certain restrictions
  • Cemeteries remain open
  • Exeter’s Famers Market will continue to operate with the first market after Christmas being held on Thursday 7 January
  • Exeter’s historic Guildhall, the Underground Passages and Matford Sunday Market and Car Boot Sale remain closed

The Council will also be operating its Community Wellbeing hotline, enabling people to gain access to support across the city in relation to COVID-19. People can contact the helpline by calling 01392 265000 or at

For more information on Exeter City Council services and for updates go to

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