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Farnham information

Meandering river, grass banks, blue sky and trees in background. Winter

Information about how COVID-19 is affecting Farnham including services, transport, parking and planned events.

Reopening for business

Work has been undertaken to widen pavements on both sides of Downing Street and The Borough. This is to support social distancing as more shops and businesses reopen.

There will be a single lane for cars, signage will encourage HGVs to avoid the area and an advisory 20mph speed limit will be put in place.

The pavement widening plans were jointly developed by Surrey County Council and Farnham Town Council. It is intended that they will be in operation for an initial 12 weeks. The scheme will be kept under review throughout this time.

Please email us if you have any comments about the work.

More information about reopening

See the information leaflet which has been produced for shoppers and businesses.

Visit Virtual Farnham to share details about your opening arrangements and to see what shops and businesses are open in Farnham.

Farnham Community Recycling Centre

The Community Recycling Centre reopened on Monday 11 May. The opening hours are 9am to 4pm, seven days per week.

What you need to know

  • Initially, only garden waste and black bag residual waste will be accepted
  • Social distancing measures will be in place
  • Traffic control measures will be in place to reduce queuing
  • No vans or trailers will be allowed on site
  • Only one person will be permitted to exit your vehicle to dispose of waste in the container.

Restrictions on visiting cemeteries

In line with government guidance, our cemeteries at Badshot Lea, Green Lane, Hale and West Street are open only for the use of full burials and for people wishing to tend the grave of a loved one. Exercising, recreational activities and dog walking are no longer permitted. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tending a grave

To observe social distancing, a maximum of two people from the same household should tend the grave at any one time. 

Attending a full burial

Government guidance should be followed, and social distancing practised. Please only attend if you are a close family member.  

Any mourners showing symptoms of the coronavirus virus or who are part of a household with possible coronavirus infection should not attend.

Looking after our staff

You may see our staff in and around the cemeteries. Please allow them to carry out their duties and respect the two-metre social distancing.  


If you have any questions about the restrictions, please call us on 01252 712667.



Exact fares only

If you pay by cash, Stagecoach is now only accepting exact fares. Drivers are unable to give change.

This is a temporary change until 31 July. Any overpayments will be donated to the NHS COVID-19 appeal.

Relaxation of travel time restrictions

Stagecoach has temporarily relaxed its time restrictions so that holders of concessionary bus passes can access early morning services. This is so older people and people with a disability can travel to supermarkets which are offering them an exclusive early morning shopping time.

For the latest information, see Stagecoach’s service information page and frequently asked questions about travelling on their services.


South Western Railway is encouraging social distancing on board its trains and at stations by introducing stickers and vinyls to serve as a reminder of the 2m guidance. Hand sanitiser machines have been installed and an animated guide has been produced providing top tips for travelling.

From 15 June, the wearing of face coverings on public transport will become mandatory.

Please consider whether your journey is really necessary before travelling by train. If you have no other option, please try to travel at less busy times of the day.

South Western Railway has received 35,000 refund requests and expects all outstanding refunds to be completed by mid to late June.

For the latest updates, see South West Trains coronavirus travel information.

Car parking permits

The parking permit scheme in Farnham has been suspended until further notice.

Renewals will remain valid until further notification is provided.

You can park in on street parking bays without a permit. Parking is free in all Waverley pay and display car parks until 1 July.

GATE Farnham and Guildford Job Club

Although Job Club meetings are currently suspended, volunteer advisers are still on hand to provide free of charge advice and support to local community members seeking employment.

Call 07815 925563, email or visit their website.

Phlebotomy service

The phlebotomy service is no longer available at Farnham Centre for Health. Instead, it is being carried out at Aldershot Centre for Health from 8.30am – 5pm.


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