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Changes to county council services

We are making changes to some services to keep our residents and employees safe.

For information about council tax payments, bin collections, housing and business rates, please contact or visit the website of your district/borough council

See below for the key changes:

 


 

Bus services

Bus services are still likely to change at short notice during this Covid-19 recovery phase. We will continue to add service changes throughout January as we become aware of them.

More information and updates can be found on our bus services page.

 


 

Children's centres

All 11 children’s centres will remain open across Staffordshire for Childcare, Family Time and health appointments, while ‘family support’ and ‘peer support’ is available as required. 

 


 

Adult day centres

Staffordshire’s adult care services will continue to operate in their current COVID-19 secure format supporting residential care, supported living, bed-based respite care and ‘day opportunities’ in buildings and online.

 


 

Libraries

Staffordshire’s 16 County Managed Libraries will be offering a limited service during Tier 4 restrictions. We will deliver the following library offer: 

  • Order & Collect (including mobile libraries)
  • Grab & Go (including mobile libraries)
  • PC access (subject to Public Heath approval)
  • Schools’ Library Service
  • Home Reader Service  

 During this period, to minimise the risk of infection, we will not: 

  • Offer study space
  • Reintroduce overdue charges
  • Ask staff to travel to provide relief cover at other libraries
  • Open libraries after 5pm
  • Open Stafford Library on Sundays 

More information can be found on our libraries and arts service page.

 


 

Archives and museums

The Staffordshire Record Office is now closed to the public due to the county entering Tier 4: Stay at Home restrictions.

We will be closed until further notice.

Further details can be found on the planning a visit page.

The William Salt Library in Stafford and the History Access Point in Lichfield Library remain closed.

The service will continue to answer enquiries and provide digital copies of items to fulfil orders and the public will still be able to browse our collections online through Staffordshire Past TrackFind My Past and Staffordshire Name Indexes sites.

 


 

Weddings and funerals 

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

Find out more by visiting our Getting Married in Staffordshire website.

The Registration of Births and Deaths, and appointments to give Notice of Marriage are unaffected by the national restrictions and continue as they have been since March 2020. You can find out more information on these services on our updates page.

 


 

Household waste and recycling centres

The county’s 14 household waste recycling centres remain open, with updated information available on our webpages.

A reminder that the below guidance is in place:

  • Do not visit if you or anyone in your household has had symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Wear a face mask if you are able to during your visit
  • Practice 2 metres social distancing at all times
  • Only one person is allowed to exit your vehicle
  • Staff are not able to provide physical assistance at present. Only bring waste you can safely dispose of on your own (if you are a disabled user, please follow the link above for more information on how we can support you)
  • If there is a queue when you arrive, please consider returning at a later date or time 

 

Rights of way

 Rights of way remain the same, please check our rights of way webpage

 


 

Country parks

Sites remain open for exercise but please follow all the Tier 4 guidelines to keep everyone safe. In general, you must not meet socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble or with one other person. 

Play areas will remain closed for safety.

Check our webpages for details.

 

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