*Last updated 07.01.2021
From Tuesday 5th January at 00:01, England, alongside the rest of the UK, entered a national lockdown.
This means you must stay at home and only leave if it is absolutely essential.
Click here to read the full National Lockdown: Stay at Home Guidance
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.
The Council has taken steps to prepare for and deal with any local outbreaks of COVID-19 in Bath and the rest of north somerset and has published a detailed and comprehensive BANES Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP). For the Local Outbreak Management Plan 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 BANES 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.
Recycling Centres in BANES
All three recycling centres in the area are open to residents only, and you’ll need to have identification which 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
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
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.
We regret that the Mobile Library service remains closed until further notice.
Access our virtual library
You can still access our e-Books, e-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.
For the latest information about library openings, and how to access virtual libraries, see the web pages of the three main libraries:
- Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 5AN.
- Keynsham Library, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham, BS31 1FS.
- Midsomer Norton Library, The Hollies, High Street, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DP.
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.
BANES Parks and Play Areas
All the parks and green spaces across BANES are open, with social distancing rules applying.
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.
- NHS England
- Citizens Advice
- British Sign Language Videos of Latest Government Advice
- Check If You Can Receive Help From An NHS Volunteer
- ONS – Office for National Statistics Latest Coronaviurs Roundup