Update on Council services in light of further Covid-19 restrictions from 8 January 2021
11th January 2021
Following the introduction of additional restrictions across Northern Ireland by the NI Executive from Friday 8 January 2021 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 during this time.
The following Council venues and facilities remain closed to the public, in line with restrictions:
- The Council’s four leisure centres – the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown; Castle Park Centre, Lisnaskea; Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen; Omagh Leisure Complex and associated outdoor sports facilities remain closed for sporting and leisure activities
- Council arts, culture and visitor attractions
- Council community centres, except for childcare and essential health services
- Connect Centre, Strule House, Omagh
Other Council services will operate as follows, in line with restrictions:
- Recycling centres remain open. People should only visit if essential and follow staff advice and public health and safety measures in operation at all times
- Household bin collection service is scheduled to operate as normal
- Council phone lines – 0300 303 1777 – and web chat via the Council website – open Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
- Registration services continue at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council public parks and open spaces, including public conveniences, currently remain open. However, in line with updated guidance from the NI Executive, people should not undertake any unnecessary travel during this time and should not travel more than 10 miles from their home to take exercise. When using these spaces or facilities, please remember to adhere to social distancing and wash and sanitise hands regularly. If a public park or open space is busy people are advised to exercise elsewhere if possible.
All other Council services and facilities will continue to operate as before from 8 January 2021, 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.
Appealing for people to follow the latest restrictions, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong, said:
“The rise in Covid cases and associated hospitalisations is impacting on the ability of the health and social care system to deliver other core services. Our hospitals are under sustained and unprecedented pressures and I appeal to residents to follow the latest restrictions to protect themselves, their loved ones and the delivery of urgent medical care for those most seriously ill in our district.
I know it is hard as we have been through many months of restrictions.The vaccination process is currently being rolled out, however it will take time and patience. We are stronger together and by following the new restrictions to stay at home and only leave when necessary, we can each do our bit to ease the pressure on our health service, to stay safe and emerge from these difficult times.”
To keep up to date with Council services and access to facilities and venues please visit the Council website follow the Council’s social media channels @fermanaghomagh or telephone the Council on 0300 303 1777, Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.