In line with government guidelines there are building closures across the city.
These closures are as follows:
All local centres / one stop centres
Council services that will reduce or close between 5 November and 2 December include:
- The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and Gladstone Pottery Museum will both close. Both museums will continue to have a host of activities available online via: https://www.stokemuseums.org.uk.
- The council’s four leisure centres: Dimensions Leisure Centre, Fenton Manor Sports Complex, New Horizons Leisure Centre and Wallace Sports and Education Centre will close, with direct debits suspended with immediate effect for members. Stoke-on-Trent Gymnastics Centre and Northwood Stadium will also close. All upcoming games and events at all these sites have been postponed or cancelled. Anyone who has paid for an upcoming event or other activity is encouraged to email: email@example.com. Residents are also encouraged to visit the social media for channels for the venues, where alternative ways to provide health, fitness and wellbeing advice and information will be posted.
- Libraries across the city will revert back to Homelink and call, click and collect services that proved really popular during the lockdown earlier in the year. For more details visit the libraries’ online services.
- Indoor markets will remain open for essential goods only, in the same way they were open during the lockdown earlier in the year. Hanley Indoor Market will be open Monday to Saturday; and Longton, Stoke and Tunstall indoor markets will open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
- Tip sites in Federation Road, Burslem and in Hanford will remain open and will operate their usual opening times. Blue and grey bin collections will continue as usual.
- Registration and bereavement care services will continue to be available for civic registrations, burials and cremations. Wedding ceremonies will not take place during the lockdown, and burial and cremation services will have a maximum of 30 attendees, subject to national guidance. Exceptions are where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover (‘deathbed wedding’). These weddings are limited to six people. The council has again made online streaming of these services available for free to support families at this time. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not counted in the 15 or 30. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
- Public toilets will remain open in the city’s bus station and in the indoor markets in Stoke, Hanley, Tunstall and Longton. All other public toilets will close. This will be reviewed regularly during the lockdown period.