Temporary changes to council services due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

There are some changes to the following services due to the national lockdown.

We're sorry if this causes any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this time.

Please revisit this webpage, as we'll be keeping it up to date with the latest information about any changes to service opening times or closures.

Bins and recycling

Our household waste recycling centres are all open with some restrictions on site, to ensure that the facilities can be used safely. There's more information about using our recycling centres here.

Our bin collections services are all operating as usual. We'll tell you about missed bin collections that we're aware of here. 

Births, deaths and marriages

Due to the national lockdown that came into effect on 5 January 2021, any wedding or civil partnership ceremony scheduled to take place up until 29 March 2021 will be unable to go ahead, unless there are exceptional circumstances. We're contacting any couples affected to discuss the options available. This will be reviewed as the government provide more information and guidance.

Appointments for births, to give notice of marriage or arrange a ceremony are still available, at Barnsley Town Hall Register Office only. 

Death registration appointments are currently taking place over the telephone. 

Read more about changes to our registration services during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Building control

The drop-in advice service at Westgate Plaza is currently suspended. Please email enquires to buildingcontrol@barnsley.gov.uk 

Councillor surgeries

All face-to-face councillor surgeries are currently suspended. You can still contact your councillor by email.

Family centres

Find out about disruptions to family centre venues, groups and activities.


Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Homeless and housing advice

The Civic is currently closed. Find out about changes to our homeless and housing advice service.


All library branches are open except for Priory Campus but only for order and collect and to use a public access computer for essential purposes, e.g. job applications, benefit claims, essential printing and to access public services. 

Read more about changes at our libraries due to coronavirus (COVID-19).


Only market stalls that sell essential goods are currently trading.

Please follow social distancing guidelines when visiting the indoor/outdoor markets and shop alone if you can. Shopping visits should be carried out as quickly as possible to allow other shoppers to come into the market and support the traders. You'll need to wear a face-covering before entering the indoor market unless you're exempt.

For more information visit Barnsley Markets.

There are also some changes at Market Kitchen that you can read more about below.

Market Kitchen

Market Kitchen is currently closed.

Hilton's Cafe, Jar BarKhao Niew Thai Cafe, Meze, Nero Pizza and Rajah Foods are open for delivery and/or collection only. Please see their social media pages for opening times and details of how to order.


All Barnsley Museums are currently closed. This includes:

  • Cooper Gallery
  • Cannon Hall Museum
  • Elsecar Heritage Visitor Centre
  • Experience Barnsley
  • Worsbrough Mill
  • Barnsley Archives and Local Studies

The outside spaces at the following remain open:

  • Cannon Hall parklands - car park, children's play area, toilets and the cafe (for takeaway orders only)
  • Worsbrough Mill Country Park - car park, children’s play area, cafe (for takeaways only) and toilets. Flour is available from Worsbrough Mill via click and collect on Wednesdays and Sundays only and can be ordered online via ShopAppy.

Although you may not be able to visit us in person, we're still here for you via our digital channels. Join us on a virtual tours, experience our collections and discover fascinating stories about the borough at Barnsley Museums.


The drop-in advice service at Wellington House is currently suspended. Please email enquiries to developmentmanagement@barnsley.gov.uk


Gyms, swimming pools and leisure facilities will close from 5 January.

Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery, driving, shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. 

Grassroots football matches and training won't be allowed to take place.

Organised outdoor sport for disabled people and certain Elite sports can continue.