Update on Council services following announcement of additional Covid-19 restrictions from 26 December 2020

21st December 2020

Following the announcement by the NI Executive that additional restrictions will be introduced across Northern Ireland on 26 December 2020 to reduce the spread of coronavirus and to help manage the pressures on the health and social care system, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has provided an update on the operation of its services from this time.

Closure of Council venues

Following the Christmas holiday and in line with additional restrictions, the following venues will be closed to the public from 26 December 2020 until further notice:

  • The Council’s four leisure centres – the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown; Castle Park Centre, Lisnaskea; Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen; Omagh Leisure Complex and all outdoor sports facilities
  • Council arts, culture and visitor attractions
  • Council community centres, except for childcare and essential health services

Operation of other Council services and facilities

From 26 December 2020, the following services will operate as follows:

  • Recycling centres remain open (please check Council website for opening hours over Christmas period and normal opening hours from Monday 4 January 2021). People should only visit if essential
  • Household bin collection service is scheduled to operate as normal (bins due to be collected on 25 December were collected on 19 December 2020. All other bin collections over the Christmas and New Year period are scheduled to operate as normal)
  • Council phone lines – 0300 303 1777 – and web chat via the Council website will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021 (closing 5pm, Wednesday 23 December 2020 for Christmas)
  • Registration services will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021 following the Christmas holidays. Registration services continue at the Connect Centre, County Buildings, Enniskillen and The Grange, Omagh, strictly by appointment only, for births, marriages and civil partnership registrations. Death registrations will be carried out without the need to attend the local registration office and can be completed over the telephone. Bereaved relatives will be contacted by the Registrar or their Funeral Director. For advice in relation to registering a loved one’s death please telephone 028 8225 6212 or 028 6634 2428 or email registrar@fermanaghomagh.com
  • Council public parks and open spaces, including public conveniences, currently remain open. However, in line with guidance, residents are asked not to undertake any unnecessary travel during this time. When using these facilities, please remember to adhere to social distancing and wash and sanitise your hands regularly.

All other Council services and facilities will continue to operate as before from 26 December 2020, however this may be subject to change at short notice due to the fast-changing situation in relation to Covid-19 or operational requirements on Council critical services.

Christmas Lights Festival

In line with ‘Stay at Home’ public health messaging, the Christmas light displays and projections on buildings in Enniskillen and Omagh will be paused from Saturday 26 December 2020 and replaced with public health messaging on the both the Intec Centre, Enniskillen and Courthouse, Omagh.

Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong, said:

“Additional measures are being introduced on 26 December to help save lives and protect the health service. Covid-19 is spreading. It is crucial that we all follow the rules to protect ourselves, our loved ones and to ease the pressure on our health service.

This Christmas we must all exercise extreme caution; limiting our social contacts and continuing to wash our hands, keeping our distance from others and wearing a face covering. These steps will help save lives. I appreciate it is hard, however I urge people to think very carefully about how they spend their Christmas this year so that we can all look forward to a brighter 2021 and a more normal Christmas next year.”

To keep up to date with Council services and access to facilities and venues please visit the Council website at www.fermanaghomagh.com, follow the Council’s social media channels @fermanaghomagh or telephone the Council on 0300 303 1777 (telephone lines close 5pm Wednesday 23 December 2020 and reopen 9am, Monday 4 January 2021).

For up to date information on current Covid-19 restrictions and regulations visit www.nidirect.gov.uk and for public health advice visit the PHA website at www.publichealth.hscni.net.