SSDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19): A message on bonfires during stay at home measures

21 April 2020 | District

It is understood that bonfires can be a quick and easy way of getting rid of garden rubbish. However during the current Covid 19 crisis we are asking that you do not have any further bonfires. While we are largely confined to our properties we are likely to suffer higher levels of nuisance from activities such as bonfires so it is important that we all take responsibility to ensure that such nuisances do not happen.

Please be aware that people suffering from respiratory conditions including COVID-19 will be adversely affected by smoke. It could make their symptoms far worse meaning that they need to be hospitalised putting further strain on the NHS.


  • Most garden waste can be composted into a useful soil conditioner, saving you the cost of buying commercial products.
  • Store the garden waste, turning it regularly. This will enable the waste to dry so that it can be transported to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre when restrictions are lifted.

This guidance has been taken directly from the SSDC website:

Communities at SSDC – useful extracts from an email received:

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SSDC is working with Spark Somerset to co-ordinate local groups and to ensure that they get vital support and information they may need.

We are working on plans to provide practical help and back up for the local effort. We will want to keep groups up to date with support available, share information about the local situation and to respond to groups quickly. We are collating a list of the local schemes in your area to support your residents who need to self-isolate in this emergency period.

As a matter of urgency, could you please encourage local groups to sign up to the corona-helpers website in order for volunteers to be matched to groups. People are volunteering all the time and some have already started to request help.

Further details from Spark Somerset to use or forward on to the relevant people. Info is regularly updated and is available at:


Please visit the Government’s website for the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) here –

If you need guidance from the NHS, visit

If you are a business in need of support, visit

We will be updating our information on Coronavirus here –

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work

Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others