Updates from Gloucestershire County Council
Phased reopening of Household Recycling Centres. All HRCs have been closed since Tuesday 24 March as part of the lockdown in response to Coronavirus.
From Monday 11th May the two largest sites in the county at Hempsted in Gloucester and Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard will re-open for essential visits only and all trips will need to be booked in advance.
The latest government guidance makes it clear that residents should only take waste to a HRC if it cannot be stored safely at home and no alternative disposal options are available. Hempsted and Wingmoor will open first because their large size and long access roads allow for traffic to be more easily controlled.
Social distancing measures at 2m will be strictly enforced to help keep visitors and staff safe and crucially anyone with covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households MUST NOT visit.
Once the initial trial is completed, the council hopes to open further recycling centres across the county in the coming weeks; meanwhile it will be keeping the operating arrangements under review.
Everyone should keep using their kerbside waste collection service, which the local councils have worked hard to keep running, for recycling, garden and food waste and general waste.
Gloucestershire’s Temporary Highway Inspection and Maintenance Regime policy has been updated. Walked inspections have been reintroduced as this can be carried out within the PHE guidelines. Read more here.
First of new mental health services launched. Qwell is one of the new mental health services put in place by the county council in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to make sure there is a range of help available in the county for people who need it.
An update on Care Home cases of Covid-19 in Gloucestershire can be found below.