SOME Tameside Council services will be delivered differently during the latest lockdown to comply with the new Government guidelines and restrictions.
However, most frontline services including bin collections, gritting, street cleaning and looking after the vulnerable will continue as normal with hundreds of staff out on the frontline supporting the local community.
Ashton and Hyde Market Halls are operating 9am-4pm Monday to Saturday with essential businesses remaining open to the public. A number of both essential and non-essential businesses are offering a click/order collect and delivery service.
Both Ashton and Hyde outdoor markets are only partially open with a limited number of traders selling essential items on an ad hoc basis across the week. Details can be found at the Markets website – www.tameside.gov.uk/markets or by enquiry at email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 0161 342 3268
Tameside Library buildings will not be open for general use and browsing – however online services, the order and collect service and the Home Library Service will continue. There will also be strictly managed access to public PCs in library buildings to assist with issues such as job applications, benefit claims and digital access to other public services.
Local Studies and Archives Centre will be closed but will continue to answer enquiries. Search facilities will remain in place here on the online image archive, for information about the archives and ongoing projects information can be found on our blog, or follow the progress of our SMILE! Project. For updates on the service, please keep an eye on the webpage as well as the Twitter account: @tmbc_culture.
Museums and galleries will remain closed for the duration of the lockdown. However, families and individuals can access lots of ideas for cultural crafts and activities as well as outdoor walks and family trails at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/LibrariesandLeisure/ArtsandEvents/Tameside-Culture
Marriages/civil partnerships can only proceed in exceptional circumstances (eg at end of life; in pregnany; moving abroad; going into army) with a maximum of six people in attendance including the wedding party.
For information on funerals see www.tameside.gov.uk/bereavement – up to 20 people can attend funerals at Dukinfield Crematorium but please note that guidance has changed to allow just six people at the scattering of cremated remains.
Household Waste and Recycling Centres will remain open, however residents are urged to only visit facilities where essential. Residents who do visit household waste and recycling centres are encouraged to separate waste and recycling before their visit to make it easier to use the site quickly; maintain two-metre social distancing from other site users; and wash their hands before and after their visit.
Parks and playgrounds will remain open for exercise, but people are asked to avoid anywhere that is crowded, stay socially distanced and use hand sanitiser before and after using any playground equipment. Please also take your litter home with you.
To check on other services please see the council website at www.tameside.gov.uk.
Councillor Brenda Warrington, Tameside Council executive leader, said: “We know how important our services are to residents and, where we have to close buildings to comply with restrictions and keep people safe, we are doing everything we can to deliver these services differently and provide safer alternatives.
“We have hundreds of staff working hard on the front line and behind the scenes to keep services running smoothly and support the community and I would like to thank them for their continued dedication over what has been a very challenging 10 months.
“I’m really proud of how our community has come together to support each other through this pandemic. As part of this, please shop local and support local traders and businesses where you can.
“And finally I must urge everyone to please stick to the rules to protect yourselves, your loves ones and your local community and to protect the NHS and save lives.”
For further information and details of how to get help and support during lockdown see www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 0161 342 8355.