Council confirms approach to re-opening of public facilities

28 May 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council has confirmed its approach to the re-opening of facilities during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

The Council will continue to take a cautious approach to opening facilities across the borough, guided by public health advice. Some facilities and services have re-opened, but only when it was safe and appropriate to do so, and safe distancing and good infection control could be observed. The safety of staff and the public remains our number one priority.

After a safety review, tennis courts, skate parks and multi-use game areas re-opened last week. At the moment, playgrounds or outdoor gyms are to stay closed because of the higher risk connected with close contact or touching surfaces.

The following services and facilities will remain closed to the public during June. A further review will then be carried out and the Council will only re-open them when it is confident it is safe to do so:
  • Community centres and pavilions
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Archives service
  • Play areas and outdoor gyms
  • Public toilets
  • Chester's Park & Ride Service - the service remains closed but is currently being reviewed
  • Sandy Lane Ferry - due to a need for social distancing the Ferry is not operating at the moment. This will be reviewed in late June.
Residents will also see some online reporting topics are unavailable, such as grass cutting. Teams have been supporting other essential work through the recovery period but now endeavour to resume normal frequencies of grass cutting in some areas as soon as possible.

The Council's Leader and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: "While our parks and green spaces have remained open during the period of lockdown, their facilities were originally closed in order to stop the spread of coronavirus and therefore protect our residents.

"I am sure many residents are delighted they are now able to enjoy time outdoors using sports and other facilities after they re-opened last week. Unfortunately, there are other services which must remain closed at the moment as the pandemic continues.

"We are reviewing our other services regularly and will, of course, make decisions based on how best to keep everyone safe."

Additional information on services will be made available through the usual Council channels if the situation changes.

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