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Reopening of Bristol’s public toilets, libraries and parks

By lowie trevena, Monday Jul 6, 2020

Public toilets and play parks will begin reopening from Monday, July 6.

All Bristol City Council services have undergone risk assessments prior to reopening and measures will continue to be monitored and reviewed to ensure the safety of staff and the public.

Ashton Court, Blaise Estate and Oldbury Court’s public toilets have reopened, as have toilets in St George Park, St Andrew’s Park and Brandon Hill.

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New temporary toilet blocks have been placed in Queen Square and near Lloyd’s Amphitheatre.

All Bristol City Council toilets will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and will be open from 10am to 10pm.

Most play parks reopen on Monday, July 6, with the exception of Hengrove play park, which will remain shut until the public toilets and cafe can also be reopened.

Parks have been shut since lockdown began. Photo: Lowie Trevena

Guidance should be followed when visiting play areas, which will be displayed at each park: Only one adult should be with children, bring and use hand sanitiser, don’t bring food and drink and leave the area if a two-metre distance can no longer be maintained.

Central Library will partially reopen on Monday, July 13, with a call and collect service in operation.

Fishponds, Henbury and Stockwood libraries are due to open in mid-August for limited browsing, borrowing and computer access, with Central Library due to reopen to the public in September.

The council have also implemented changes to registry offices and funerals.

Ceremonies at registry offices restarted on Saturday, July 4 and from Monday, July 6 the number of mourners at burials and creations was increased to 20.

20 mourners can now attend funerals. Photo: Martin Booth

Social distancing measures will remain in place at both registry offices and at funerals.

“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,” says director for public health, Christina Gray.

“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.”

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

Mayor Marvin Rees is “pleased” to reopen services, which include temporary toilets in Queen Square. Photo: Lowie Trevena

“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.”

Main photo: Ellie Pipe

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