Coronavirus - All the information Boston needs.

Last updated Friday 3rd April 2020 12.30pm

Advice for members of the community that may require help.

Current Government information is to stay home unless you are a key worker. You are allowed to get shopping if essential, one outdoor exercise per day, keep social distancing (2 meters) and no social gatherings of more than two people.

If you are a member of the community that requires support you can request help online: or dial 01522 782189 for assistance.

You are not alone. Local volunteers may be able to help you with things like:

  • shopping
  • getting prescriptions
  • dog-walking
  • friendly chat


1) NHS - National Health Service

2) DWP - Department for Work and Pensions

3) Education - Schools, Colleges and Universities

1) Information from the NHS

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

How long to stay at home

If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • Are 70 or over
  • Aave a long-term condition
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a weakened immune system


  • 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
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of Coronavirus
  • Only travel on public transport if you need to
  • Work from home, if you can
  • Avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • Avoid events with large groups of people
  • Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You'll be given specific advice about what to do.

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

2) DWP - Department for Work and Pensions

Arranged appointments are now cancelled for at least 3 months. New Claimants can make claims online or over the phone. Job Centres remain open for those who have no internet access.

3) Education

All schools, colleges and universities are closed from Friday 20 March, with the exception of key service workers.

Details of key service workers can be obtained by clicking the link:


1) Supermarkets & Online Stores

2) Home Delivery/Special Services

3) Facebook Groups and Coordinators

4) Boston Borough Council & Lincs County Council Info

5) Community Information (School Closures etc)

6) Boston businesses and organisations

7) Travel

1) Supermarkets & Online Stores

ASDA - All stores will be dedicated from opening time to 9am specifically for the vulnerable. Special times for NHS workers from 8-9am on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Tesco - two items per customer and no longer 24 hour. Trading Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm (essential items are limited to one item only

Iceland & Iceland Warehouse - special shopping hours for the elderly and vulnerable on Wednesday mornings between 9am and 11am

Johnson’s of Boston - Food hall open from 7am Monday to Saturday for the elderly and vulnerable

Ocado -They will greet as normal but won't be taking bags into the home, they will be placed on the doorstep.

All the major supermarkets are now offering special times for the elderly, disabled, vulnerable and NHS employees, please check with each store.

All supermarkets have temporarily ended 24 hour opening in order to refill the shelves and thoroughly clean.

2) Shops offering Home Delivery or special services

Black Sluice Riverside Cafe, London Road Boston 01205 310006 (Sunday Lunch home delivery service)

Shepard’s Bakery (£5 minimum spend.) Wide Bargate, Boston 01205 362796

Langrick Cafe, Main Road, Boston 01205 280023

Boston Sausage (£20 minimum spend.) High Street, Boston 01205 362167

The Castle Inn, Haltoft End, Boston 01205 760393

Bycrofts of Boston. Dolphin Lane 01205 362625

Ask Chemist - free collection and delivery of prescriptions. Redstone Industrial Estate, Boston 01205 352778

Dawson's Butchers. Market Place, Boston 01205 362332

London Road Bakery. Boston 01205 363400

Bubbles and Snuggles Pet Services. Wigtoft Road, Sutterton 07546 547232

DA Window Cleaning Services - a collect and deliver service. Boston 07514 389034

Butterwick Stores. Butterwick 01205 761764

South Lincs Food Services. Visit the website at or call 01205 460700.

Age UK Lincoln & South Lincolnshire. 21 meals for £20. Boston 01205 364161

East Lincs Seafood, London Road, Boston. No fresh fish available a plentiful supply of frozen fish and seafood, Including crabs .Home Delivery or order and collect at store.
For products search east lincolnshire seafoods on Facebook or call (01205) 364372

The Mill Inn, Spilsby Road, Boston. Collections and deliveries. (01205) 352874

3) Facebook Groups and Coordinators

If you live in any of the following areas and need help with shopping, posting or need an errand doing, you can call the following people.

Butterwick - Rebecca Gardner (07832 240213)
Freiston - Emma Rolfe (07793 189905)
Leverton - Judy Reid (07554 424501)
Benington - Sharon Pinner (07887 842481)
Fishtoft - Steve Meeds (07951 858983)
Wrangle - Kelly Joy Game (07474 398295)
Old Leake - John Robert Baxter (07815 545249) and Lisa Dolby (07983 406443)

Boston - Witham & Fenside - Neill John Hastie (07494 260453)
Boston - Central - Chris Skinner (07946 807477) Available to post mail and grab urgent supplies (First Aider)

Boston - Covid19 lockdown/isolation assistance for Boston and surrounding area - Ella Samson

Five Villages CV Volunteers - John Robert Baxter (07815 545249)

Pat's Panrty, Old Leake - Old Leak's food bank, donations can be taken to the Old Leake Co-op, items including non perishable food, books, games, jigsaws, greetings cards and more.

Mark's Martial Fitness A Facebook Page with daily workouts by a local man to help us all keep fit! @marksmartialfitness

4a) Boston Borough Council Info

Boston Crematorium Office - Closed.
Parks are closed except for exercise.
All Council events for March and April are cancelled or postponed.
Planning are operating a reduced service, and will be focusing on essential tasks.
Council meetings cancelled until further notice.

4b) Lincolnshire Country Council Info

Minimum face to face contact, residents advised to phone/email where possible.

All Council run youth clubs are now closed.

5) Community Information (School Closures etc)

All schools will be closed from Friday 20 March.

6) Boston businesses and organisations update

RSPB Frampton Marsh - The Visitor Centre is closed but the reserve (incl the hides) is open. Reserve entry fee will be waived as will the parking fee at RSPB Freiston Shore.

Nationwide Building Society - Special hour for elderly and vulnerable (8-9am Monday to Friday)

Timpson Key Booth at Tesco - cutting keys at low cost so that elderly and vulnerable can be checked on

McDonalds Closed

Pilgrim Hospital Visiting patients has been suspended.

Gliderdrome Closed

Blackfriars Theatre is closed until further notice

Savoy Cinema Closed

Boston Marathon UK Postponed until September

Boston May Fair Postponed (New dates to be arranged)

7) Travel

East Midlands Railways are no longer selling tickets on trains these need to be got from machines or via the EMR app

They will be running a reduced service from Monday 23 March, the revised weekday service is available by clicking the appropriate links.

Weekday service:

Saturdays: Are operating a similar service to weekdays, please check before you travel.

Sundays: currently a normal Sunday service is in operation.

Brylaine Travel School busses are no longer running. If your children need school transport please contact the School Travel department at Lincolnshire County Council or call Call Connect.

The current advice from the government is not to travel abroad unless absolutely necessary.

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