Churches and schools shut

April 02 2020

BUSINESSES, schools and even churches have been forced to close by the coronavirus outbreak.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes were among the first to be affected by social distancing rules designed to slow the spread of the disease, with some closing their doors while others ran takeaway or delivery services to keep going.

Schools in the area closed completely from the end of Friday March 20 except for the children of key workers.

Libraries and public toilets have been closed by South Gloucestershire Council, which has set up a Service Disruption page on its website southglos.gov.uk to keep residents up to date with the latest changes.

All leisure centres in the district had been closed, although the Sort It centre in Mangotsfield and council offices were open as the Voice went to press.

Even churches have had to close to protect congregations from the risk.

Supermarkets in the area have been reserving some hours of opening for pensioners and vulnerable customers, with Tesco doing so between 9am and 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Co-op also reserving an hour from 8am-9am on Mondays to Saturdays and 10am-11am on Sundays, and Sainsbury’s opening for NHS workers only from 7.30-8am and for carers, elderly and disabled people from 8am-9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Bus and train services have been changed to ensure essential workers can still use them while many other people stay at home.

First West of England started running a Saturday service during the working week from March 23.

The change came as the Government advised against non-essential travel and contact.