Various public services and country parks across Staffordshire are re-opening as part of a “mapping” out return by Staffordshire County Council.
Libraries, household waste recycling centres and country parks are among those looking to restore services suspended or curtailed by lockdown in line with national guidance.
Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “In the short term we all need to keep following the guidance to bring down the rates of transmission, but the good news is that the Government has put forward a timetable for the easing of lockdown restrictions and we are planning to expand our services as and when we can in line with that.
“Council staff have worked hard through this last 12 months to carry on delivering front line services and I know they’re as keen as anyone for a return to some sort of normality.”
On Monday 8th March, libraries at Biddulph, Burntwood, Codsall, Kidsgrove, Rugeley, Stone, Uttoxeter and Wombourne were set to reopen to offer essential PC use and ‘order and collect’ services. Until 12th April these eight will close between 1 and 2pm. For the latest information click here
Libraries at Burton, Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle, Perton, Stafford and Tamworth have already been open for essential PC use and ‘order and collect’ services.
Subject to national guidance, the intention is that from 12th April libraries will gradually reintroduce services as they move towards the resumption of normal business, but users are advised to check regularly for the latest information.
Many of the county’s 27 Community Managed Libraries have been offering a restricted service and the county council will be working with them to help with interpreting guidance, putting arrangements in place and supporting volunteers. Users should check directly with them about opening times.
Staffordshire’s children centres have been opening their doors for childcare and medical appointments and are now taking bookings for support groups.
Council-owned country parks also remain open for recreation or to exercise with one other person, or members of your household. Visitors are reminded to observe social distancing and park considerately. Toilets will remain open, subject to contractor availability.
Household waste recycling centres across the county will still operate under the same restrictions as in recent months, with social distancing in force and visitors expected to wear masks and gloves.
Staff cannot help users carry heavy objects and given the reduced number of people that can be on site at any time, the advice remains to postpone your visit if possible. Full advice is available here
For the time being the Staffordshire Record Office also remains available online, however from 12th April it will reopen to the public from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm every third Saturday. Social distancing will remain in place and appointments must be booked in advance.
Subject to national guidance the intention would be to reopen the History Access Point at St Mary’s, Lichfield, from mid-May and, from June, look to increase capacity in offices and welcome back volunteers. If anyone has an urgent inquiry they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, Registration offices continue to operate as before, with people allowed to visit in the offices for birth registrations and to give notice of marriage.