Following government advice and to help stop the transmission of COVID-19, Wiltshire Council has taken the decision to close all its libraries and leisure centres until further notice.
Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “All Wiltshire Council leisure centres and libraries are closed indefinitely to protect the health of the public and our staff during this time. This includes the leisure centres managed on behalf of the council by Places Leisure.
“We know how important these services are to the people of Wiltshire, and we apologise to all service users, but these are clearly exceptional circumstances.
“Customers who have a leisure membership with either Wiltshire Council or Places Leisure will have their membership frozen, so they do not need to contact us.
“Where possible, Wiltshire Council staff affected by these closures will be redeployed to help protect our essential services to support the most vulnerable in our communities.
“As soon as we’re able to re-open these facilities we will do so.”
If people have any borrowed items from our libraries, they will be renewed automatically throughout the closed period and we will not be issuing or enforcing any fines or charges. People can also still borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines from www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-ebooks.
The mobile library service will also be suspended during this time. If anyone knows of any family, friends or neighbours who rely upon this service, please feel free to share books with them if possible, but please take into account the latest public health advice on contact with people, particularly with the elderly and vulnerable.
The front desk at Devizes Hub and Library, which offer council services such as council tax, benefits, registrations and customer services, is also closed, and customers who wish to access these services should call 0300 456 0109 for council tax, 0300 456 0110 benefits, and 0300 456 0100 for customer services.
We would advise people to exercise at home as much as possible – there are several strengthening exercises you can do at home, but please do not attempt to exercise if you feel unwell in any way. Further information about exercising at home can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51933762, and the BBC will also be offering programme that will help people to exercise at home during this time.
Information for looking after your mental health is available at: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters