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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Orpington updates

Added on: 18th March, 2020 by O1

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Orpington updates

Last Updated:
Tue, 7 April 2020

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This page will be updated with links to information relating to Corona Virus (Covid-19) from Orpington businesses and organisations.

What do we know about Coronavirus?
For an overview of Corona Virus (Covid-19) click HERE

What are the government advising?
For the latest government advice click HERE

What support is on offer to Orpington businesses?
For information on the government's business support package click HERE

Which local restaurants are operating?
For a list of town centre restaurants offering takeaway and delivery click HERE

Which Shops are open in the town centre?
For information on shops open in the town centre click HERE

Orpington Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Orpington Covid-19 Mutual Aid is a group of local volunteers working together to offer support to those affected by Covid-19. To visit the Orpington Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group click HERE.

Everyone is urged not to use public transport for anything other than absolutely essential journeys.

For the latest from TFL click HERE

For the latest from Southeastern click HERE

For the latest from Thameslink click HERE


All schools in England are to shut on Friday 20th March except to children of key workers and the most vulnerable children.

The Department for Education has published a list of “key workers” whose children will be prioritised for schooling during general closures because of coronavirus. Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a number of children but will be closed to the majority from Monday 23 March. The following are considered key workers:

Health and social care
Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

More info HERE


On 23rd March the government ordered the closure of places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate family

All Saints Church have cancelled services until further notice.

Hope Church have cancelled services until further notice.

Orpington Baptist Church have cancelled services until further notice. They will be broadcast live from Facebook, Youtube & Zoom. From next week, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. A Meals on Wheels service is running providing home cooked meals delivered to your door for £5.

Orpington Methodist have cancelled services until further notice.

St John's URC have cancelled services until further notice.


London Borough of Bromley is welcoming enquiries from residents to help those most in need if it proves necessary over the course of coming months in response to COVID-19. Residents who want to volunteer to help with practical tasks locally to their area are being encouraged to register to volunteer so that contact can be made should their help be called upon.

CLICK HERE to sign up to the council's newsletter.

All information correct at time of publishing - if you have an update please email info@orpington1st.co.uk

Comments (15)

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Roz - 12 May, 2020 - 15:45PM

What if you have a small business that you run from home? What help is available in this situation where I don’t pay business rates but the C-19 virus has disrupted business.

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Orpington 1st - 13 Apr, 2020 - 14:18PM

Hi Paul.

We've just emailed you about this.

Best wishes.


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Paul Durkin - 13 Apr, 2020 - 13:52PM

I wonder whether someone can help me? My sister lives in a sheltered scheme in Orpington and has mobility and a range of other health issues that make her vulnerable. I have arranged grocery deliveries from Tesco but the next available delivery date is not until 30th April and she needs some essentials before then (milk etc.). I live some distance away and am unable to get shopping and deliver to her. Are any volunteer groups operating that can help in such circumstances please?

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Elizabeth De Gouveia - 28 Mar, 2020 - 07:49AM

I have a cafe in pettswood we are delivering homemade meals,also groceries , medicines and any help to any vunerable or isolating people. 01689871876 between ,11_6

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Debbie Maher - 23 Mar, 2020 - 22:38PM

I can help I run a retirement scheme I pop out for my residents, no trouble to get things for you 07748182097

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Orpington 1st - 23 Mar, 2020 - 18:46PM

Thanks, Christine. All the best, Sonia.

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christine McNamara - 23 Mar, 2020 - 08:46AM

Please call me we can help 01689 8544747

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Sonia - 23 Mar, 2020 - 08:15AM

My husband is disabled and 85 I'm 70 and cannot leave my husband alone,so I cannot get to the shops and I have no one stay with him, and I cannot get a delivery slot can anyone help please

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Christine McNamara - 23 Mar, 2020 - 08:13AM

Thank you this really helpful

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Paul - 22 Mar, 2020 - 20:16PM

A helpful pulling together of local info, cheers.

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Jane G - 22 Mar, 2020 - 18:33PM

Thank you for a useful summary of what's happening locally.

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Susan Brown - 22 Mar, 2020 - 08:17AM

Thank you, but we live above Tesco EXTRA Orpington. I have to go downstairs when it opens at 6am or within a few hours after that as Tesco Extra does not have special times set aside for us elderly, vulnerable or NHS workers. We don't have a car a car so I can not go to another store. Thank you for your reply any way.

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Russell - 22 Mar, 2020 - 08:01AM

How does the Tesco 9-10 slot work if people are able to buy before then and thus buy up all the stock?
Also, what happens to the non vulnerable who are already in the shop at 9:00am?

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Orpington 1st - 20 Mar, 2020 - 11:27AM

Hi Susan.

Tesco will now prioritise one hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 9 -10am to ensure more vulnerable and elderly customers can shop in-store.



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Susan Brown - 18 Mar, 2020 - 14:33PM

I live in a flat above Tesco Orpington. I went shopping at 6.10am. And it was packed. I asked a manager about the time allotment for us pensioners and he said "not at this branch". There was not a lot of stock and people were filling up their trolleys. I found it a scary place to be.

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