Stoke-on-Trent’s eight local centres have closed as part of the on-going efforts to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The centres closed this evening (March 20) just days after a number of leisure centres, community buildings, museums, libraries, and public conveniences.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council also confirmed the remaining gyms – Fenton Manor Sports Complex and Dimensions Leisure Centre – were to shut tonight after Boris Johnson announced a national closure.
The city’s local centres offer a physical base where families can make payments, provide proof of focuments, and apply for council housing. These services will remain online or via the MyStoke app.
The city’s eight local centres closing are:
- Stoke Local Service Centre (the one-stop shop facility and library)
- Tunstall Local Centre (which currently operates out of the children’s centre)
- Bentilee District Centre (the neighbourhood centre and library)
- Abbey Hulton Local Centre
- Blurton Local Centre
- Burslem Local Centre
- Chell Health Local Centre
- Longton Local Centre.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “We are continuing to work very carefully through council services to ensure our response to the coronavirus is managed and proportionate. Our utmost concerns are for the health and safety of residents and our staff, the vast majority of whom are resident in the city and are working hard to ensure we can still deliver services that local people rely on.
“We have to prioritise our work to support our vulnerable children, young people and older people. We are working hard to ensure contingencies are in place to enable us to do this. For example, we have around 3,500 people in the city in receipt of home care through services that we run or commission. We have 130 staff who directly provide care and staff who are responsible for ensuring that care packages delivered by our commissioned services are delivered.
“I am really clear that we will continue to do all we can to ensure our efforts are focused on supporting those people who need our help the most.
“I encourage people to use council services through digital channels where possible – a wide range of services that are available through local centres are available through our website.”
Earlier this evening Mr Johnson announced all pubs, restaurants, clubs, gyms, and cafes would have to close to help tackle the on-going coronavirus outbreak.
It came after Public Health England confirmed the death toll from Covid-19 had risen to 167.