Council services during lockdown

5:52pm - 04 November 2020

Recycling centres, car parks and play areas are among the North Somerset Council services which will stay open during England’s national lockdown.

From Thursday 5 November new restrictions come into force across the country that will see pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops close.

All leisure centres in North Somerset will be closed from tomorrow (Thursday), as well as the Playhouse Theatre, Tropicana, and The Campus in Weston-super-Mare, and Somerset Hall in Portishead. Any weddings due to take place between now and Wednesday 2 December have also been postponed.

Doors to libraries will close, but some limited services will be available including bookable computers for those who need to access online public services and do not have internet access at home, click and collect, and deliveries to existing Home Library Service customers. For more information about what is on offer at your local library visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/librarycollect Loans will be automatically extended until at least 14 December.

The Town Hall reception in Weston will be open on an appointment only basis. Customers who have enquiries should contact 01934 888 888 and ask for the relevant service. If you need an appointment, this will be arranged for you.

Recycling centres will also stay open for any waste that cannot be safely stored at home. Restrictions to allow for social distancing are in place which include limiting the number of vehicles on site, so queues are likely. If queues form on roads surrounding the recycling centre customers may be asked to return another day. Kerbside collections, including food waste and green boxes, will continue as normal.

Schools and nurseries, parks, play areas, and car parks will stay open. Funerals can continue and can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Midwifery appointments will continue in children’s centres.

Critical council services, such as road repairs and gritting will also continue, with Covid-safe measures in place.

New national lockdown rules, which will be in force from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December, are:

  • Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops must close
  • Schools, colleges and universities can remain open

You will not be able to leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household.
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm - such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

Being mindful of hands, face, space remains critical in halting the spread of coronavirus:

  • wash your hands well, and regularly
  • wear a face covering when indoors in public places, and in enclosed public spaces such as public transport
  • keep your distance – two metres is best.

While it is not compulsory to wear a face covering outdoors it is recommended in crowded situations where physical distancing is not always possible, such as at the school gate or at building entrances.