Service changes in Gloucestershire during lockdown
Following the Government announcement, Gloucestershire along with the rest of England has now entered national restrictions and residents must stay at home. In line with this, the county council has updated its list of service changes.
Most services will stay open but there are some slight changes to meet national guidelines and to keep people safe. Receptions will be available for pre-arranged urgent and unavoidable appointments and continue to stay closed to the public. Household Recycling Centres will continue to use pre-arranged bookings to limit the number of visitors to sites.
Weddings and civil ceremonies will only go ahead in exceptional circumstances with a maximum of 6 people in attendance. Birth and death registrations will go ahead by appointment with death registrations taking place over the phone.
Libraries will continue to offer click and collect services and public PC sessions for those with no access to technology. Opening hours will be changing to make sure your local library can continue to open safely. All changes to opening hours at your local library can be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/library-locations-and-opening-hours/
Schools are now closed apart from for vulnerable and key worker children and early years settings remain open.
The community help hub has continued to run during the pandemic, and will remain available seven days a week to people who need support to stay at home. You can contact the help hub by visiting the county council’s website and filling out the online form. If you do not have access to the internet you can call 01452 583519 Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I’m pleased that we can continue to offer vital services to residents who need them during this time. We will continue to support schools and social care settings as we have moved into national restrictions.
“Keeping people safe and supported during the pandemic is important to us, and I want to thank staff for continuing to adapt. I know how hard it is, but the best thing you can do to support Gloucestershire at the moment is to stay at home.”