COVID-19: Service Update
Local Restrictions will be extended across Northern Ireland from 6pm on 22 September.
Please familiarise yourself with the latest announcement from the Northern Ireland Executive and what it means for you. The restrictions mainly relate to household gatherings:
- No mixing of households in private dwellings, exemptions apply
- No more than six people to gather in a private garden from no more than two households
We all have a responsibility to help ease COVID-19 cases and keep our Borough safe.
The following Council facilities continue to remain closed to the to the public until further notice:
- Arts Centre, Newtownards (REOPENING Monday 28 September for enquiries; classes recommence 12 October)
- Community Centres / Halls (REOPENING Monday 5 October)
- Council Offices
- Environmental Resource Centre, Bangor
- North Road Depot, Newtownards
- Portaferry Sports Centre (REOPENING Thursday 1 October)
- Signal Centre
- Town Hall Bangor
- Visitor Information Centres
Please see below drop down menu for more information about current service provision and access to Council sites/facilities.
We are very much aware of the ongoing concerns around coronavirus (Covid-19) and will continue to communicate any changes to service provision as necessary. The health and safety of customers and employees is our number one priority. We recognise the important role that both our teams and our customers have in keeping healthy.
We would ask:
- Please do not come to any Council facilities if you are unwell (symptoms including shortness of breath, a new persistent cough, sore throat, or fever (temperature above 38˚C)).
- Keep your hands clean, wash regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch all coughs and sneezes and then bin the tissue – then wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser
We ask anyone who is concerned that they may have encountered the virus to follow the Government advice and self-isolate in the first instance. You can find the latest advice for Northern Ireland on the Public Health Agency website https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/
Business Continuity Plan
We continue to work on our business continuity plan to help us provide services to residents in our Borough during these difficult times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adapt our services in light of the pandemic.
Please be aware that all services are kept under active review and changes may be made at short notice if required operationally or in response to updated guidance received from the NI Executive. As much as possible, we will keep you updated on this website and on our social media channels.