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03 Jul 2020

Bristol City Council services begin to reopen as lockdown restrictions ease

There are changes to services including funerals, registry offices and parks

Some Council services in Bristol are reopening or expanding their current offer as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

All Council services have undergone rigorous risk assessments to ensure they are COVID secure before reopening.

Measures are constantly monitored and reviewed to ensure both staff and residents are safe.

Public toilets

Public toilets at Ashton Court, Blaise Estate and Oldbury Court have now reopened.

From Monday 6 July, toilets at St George Park, St Andrews Park and Brandon Hill park will also reopen. They will be cleaned regularly throughout the day to ensure these essential services are safe for staff and residents.

Two new temporary toilet blocks have also been installed in Queen Square and by the Amphitheatre.

These toilets are now open between 10am-10pm, and will be cleaned throughout the day. The toilets will be closed overnight.

Play parks

Most play parks across Bristol will reopen again on Monday 6 July, with the exception of Hengrove play park, which will remain shut until the public toilets and café can also reopen.

Those visiting a play park should follow the guidance that will be displayed on clear signage in the park.

That guidance includes; only one adult accompanying children at a time, bring and use hand sanitiser regularly, do not bring food and drink into the play area and leave the area if it becomes too busy and you cannot safely keep two metres apart.

Registry office

Registry office ceremonies can restart in Bristol from Saturday 4 July, with appropriate guest capacities and social distancing measures in place.

Couples are urged to contact their venue for more information about how their ceremony is likely to be affected.

Funerals

From Monday 6 July, the number of mourners will be increased to twenty at both burials and cremations.

Social distancing measures will remain in place during all funerals, but witness burial will resume and mourners will be able to scatter the ashes of their loved ones.

Cemeteries and crematoriums will take a phased approach to expanding their services in line with Government and public health guidance.

Libraries

From Monday 13 July, a call and collect service will be available from the Central Library. Requests for books must be done over the phone or via email.

Three branch libraries, Fishponds, Henbury and Stockwood, will later reopen to the public in mid-August for limited browsing, borrowing and access to computers.

The call and collect service will continue, with plans in place to reopen the Central Library in September.

The Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “This has been a really difficult time for everyone in Bristol, with closures affecting every aspect of our day to day lives.

“I’m pleased that restrictions are gradually being lifted and we are able to expand the offering of some of our essential services in Bristol. However, our top priority is to protect the health of the community, which includes people using our public spaces.

“Please use public spaces responsibly and follow public health guidance to help prevent any further spread of the virus in the city.”

Director for Public Health Christina Gray said: “I appreciate the impact lockdown has had on Bristol and its people, not just in terms of illness and grief, but also impacts on mental health, financial concerns and feelings of isolation.

“As the city slowly begins to reopen, I want to remind everyone to take care when they are out and about and using public spaces. Please continue to stay at least two metres apart from people outside your household or support bubble, wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and wear face coverings on public transport, to prevent any further spread of the virus.”

For further guidance on services reopening in Bristol, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/crime-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know