In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, covering the period up to the end of May, Barnsley Council has published its own localised version, to give residents more information on plans to reopen council services.
The focus is on the safe reopening of the economy and rebuilding confidence, while maintaining momentum in vaccination roll out, being vigilant against new variants, and ensuring COVID secure environments.
The roadmap sets out the best- and worst-case scenarios in terms of vaccination roll out, infection and transmission of COVID-19, hospital capacity, and access to education.
Regular updates will be given on the current picture in Barnsley, which will take into account all of the above, along with other performance information such as town centre and Interchange footfall, average school attendance and care home occupancy levels.
Sarah Norman, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone in Barnsley for continuing to follow the guidance, as together we can stay safe, protect others and get our lives back.
“We’re doing everything we can as a council and through our work with partners, to support our residents and businesses across the borough.
“The Barnsley roadmap gives more detailed information on what people can expect to see and access as we continue to see restrictions ease and enjoy more freedom on our journey out of lockdown.
“It’s crucial that we do this in a safe and well-managed way. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to follow all the guidance in place and carry on with the basics of wearing a face covering when required, keeping a safe distance apart from people we do not live with, and continuing to regularly wash or sanitise our hands to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
The roadmap can be viewed online at www.barnsley.gov.uk/roadmap.