*Last updated 21.04.2020

Click here to read the current (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions for England

The UK COVID-19 situation is ever-evolving and can change very suddenly.

For the very latest guidance and advice, please visit: gov.uk/coronavirus.


From April 12th 2021: 

non-essential retail can reopenpersonal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile settingpublic buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service onlymost outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopensome smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubbleall childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubblecare home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible


BANES Council

For the ‘roadmap‘ out of lockdown to continue to be as successful as possible, it relies on the co-operation, goodwill, and perseverance of everyone living, working or visiting the county. By working together, everyone in Somerset can play their part in reducing the spread of Coronavirus.

While it’s reassuring to know there are plans in place at the local level to manage Covid-19, local BANES residents might also require some practical information to go with it. We’ve done some research to see what’s currently happening with BANES essential services: Recycling Centres, Libraries, Car Parks, Markets, Parks and Public Toilets.

BANES residents can keep up to speed with local Covid-19 information by visiting the Council’s online newsroom, signing up for a Council newsletter, or following the Council on social media channels such as Facebook or Twitter.

For the latest Coronavirus updates from BANES Council, click here


Recycling Centres in BANES

All three recycling centres in the area are open to residents only, and you’ll need to have identification that shows your name and address if you visit a centre.

There are also restrictions on the way centres can be used, in addition to the usual regulations in force at each of the three centres, and if you don’t comply the staff will send you away. The additional restrictions at recycling centres are:

  • No pedestrian access
  • Staff not permitted to assist with lifting or moving items
  • No items accepted that can be put into kerbside recycling collections

Let’s look in more detail at each of the BANES Recycling Centres:

  • Keynsham Recycling Centre (in Pixash Lane, Keynsham, BS31 1TP) is open daily but the number of visitors is being limited on a one-out-one-in basis. Expect queues of more than an hour long.
  • Bath Recycling Centre (in Midland Road, Bath, BA1 3AT) is operating on an appointment-only basis. Book an appointment online.
  • Midsomer Norton Recycling Centre (in Old Welton, Wheelers Hill, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2AA) is operating on an appointment-only basis. Book an appointment online.


BANES Council Libraries

Bath CentralKeynsham and Midsomer Norton Libraries (our ‘core libraries’) reopened on Monday 6 July 2020. They are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

All other library services remain suspended.

Face coverings are required in our libraries unless you have a special exemption.

The following changes will be in place to protect public health:

  • Main library areas will not be available for browsing
  • The number of people entering the library at any one time will be limited
  • Public computers and self-study areas will remain closed
  • Books can be returned through designated drop-boxes on the ground floor of Bath Central Library and at the entrances of Keynsham and Midsomer Norton Libraries
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
  • Use the hand sanitisers provided

Community Libraries

Some of these are now reopening, although services may be reduced. Please find your local library and contact them to check opening hours and safety precautions.

Mobile Library

We regret that the Mobile Library service remains closed until further notice.

Access our virtual library

You can still access our e-Bookse-Audiobooks, and e-Magazines, and check out our social media for updates on what we are doing to deliver services to you. Visit our digital facilities and resources web page for more details.

Visit our social media channels:
Facebook: bathneslibraries
Instagram: bathnes_libraries
Twitter: BathnesL

For the latest information about library openings, and how to access virtual libraries, see the web pages of the three main libraries:


Car Parks in BANES 

All BANES Council managed car parks are operating normally, with pay and display charges and time restrictions in force. The same applies to on-street parking in central Bath.

Find out all about car parking in the BANES Council area.


BANES Parks and Play Areas

All the parks and green spaces across BANES are open, with social distancing rules applying.

Find a park to enjoy in BANES.

Children’s play areas in BANES and the Bath skate park are also open for use with social distancing; please bring hand sanitiser to apply before and after using the equipment.

With walking having increased in popularity during the Covid lockdown, BANES Council has invited residents to enjoy all the inspiring walking routes in the local area.


BANES Council Area Public Conveniences

The Council’s 15 public toilet sites in Bath and North East Somerset are managed by Healthmatic. Most are situated in car parks and children’s play areas. There are also three toilets run by local communities on behalf of the Council. All are open as usual with high standards of hygiene, requiring a fee of 20p peruse.

Across the region, there are many other toilet facilities supplied in Council premises such as libraries and community centres, as well as public toilets available in shopping and entertainment complexes, restaurants and bars, and at tourist attractions.


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