Gloucestershire prepares for national restrictions
On Thursday, 5 November national restrictions will come into force across England to help control the spread of Covid-19, to protect the NHS and to save lives.
This week Gloucestershire County Council have been assessing which of their services can continue and which will need to change. Unlike the previous restrictions in March less services will change due to different national guidance and the county council’s switch to providing services digitally.
Receptions will close apart from where urgent and essential face to face appointments need to take place. Weddings and civil partnerships will stop unless there are exceptional circumstances, but births, deaths and essential wedding registration can continue. Household Recycling Centres and schools remain open and click and collect services for libraries can continue. A full list of county council service changes is available on the Covid-19 section of the county council website - https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid-19-information-and-advice/changes-to-council-services/
The community help hub has continued to run during the pandemic, although demand has dropped now that pharmacies are offering more deliveries and supermarkets and independent retailers have made more delivery options available. However, the online and telephone hub options will be promoted again with hours for the calls extended over the weekends.
There are some exceptions to the restrictions relating to education, getting essential supplies and for medical needs, but the national restrictions mean residents should:
- Stay at home and work at home if they can and;
- Minimise contact with others outside their household or support bubble
- Avoid travelling in or out of the county and reduce the number of journeys they make
- Understand and follow national guidance which is available on government websites
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council said “Following the guidance is essential to ensure we reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and to save lives. We know this is hard, but together we can do this. We are really well prepared as a county and I’m pleased to say that unlike in March many of our key services such as schools, household recycling centres and library click and collect can continue.”
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