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Councils ready for lockdown restrictions

Gloucestershire County Council said it will keep more services available physically and digitally throughout November than the earlier coronavirus lockdown.

Fresh restrictions were introduced in England from today as the Government attempts to tackle the rising number of cases.

Council leader Councillor Mark Hawthorne 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."

The national restrictions include:

  • You must work from home if you can.
  • You must not socialise indoors with people who are not from your household or your support bubble, and can only meet with one person outside if not part of your household - at a distance of two metres.
  • All non-essential shops must close but they can offer click-and-collect or delivery services.
  • Hospitality businesses must close but can offer takeaway, delivery or click and collect services.
  • Gyms, leisure centres, cinemas and museums must close.
  • Nurseries, schools and colleges remain open.
  • Supermarkets, food stores and pharmacies remain open.

The council's receptions will close but the council's online and telephone community help hubs will extent over weekends.

Weddings and civil partnerships will stop except in exceptional circumstances, but births, deaths and essential wedding registration can continue.

Household Recycling Centres and schools remain open for pre-booked visits and click and collect services for libraries can continue.

A full list of county council service changes is available here.

Stroud District Council said it will continue to operate residential waste and recycling services, playgrounds and recreation grounds will stay open, and council-run car parks will remain open or essential travel only.

Gloucestershire County Council-run household recycling centres including the facility at Pyke Quarry in Horsley will remain open for pre-booked visits.

In a joint statement, the political group leaders Councillors Doina Cornell, Martin Whiteside, Ken Tucker and Stephen Davies said: "We have to ensure local people, our communities and the NHS are safe and protected.

"We know this is an incredibly hard time for everyone in many different ways - we are here to support our residents and we applaud the work of volunteer groups which are providing vital assistance.

"We are here for businesses too - so many have adapted to preserve jobs and serve their communities. We want to help them continue to do that within the rules of this lockdown."

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