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

There are some changes to the following services due to the coronavirus restrictions in place.

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.

Births, deaths and marriages

From Monday 12 April weddings and civil partnerships can go ahead with up to 15 attendees (including the couple). Read the government COVID-19 guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

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

Death registration appointments are currently taking place over the phone. 

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 six 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) for browsing, returning books and to use a public access computer. You can also use our click and collect service.

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


Only market stalls are open from 9am to 4pm.

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 following facilities are open:

  • Cooper Gallery gift shop
  • Cannon Hall parklands - car park, children's play area, toilets and cafe (takeaway orders only)
  • Elsecar Heritage Centre cafes (takeaway orders only) and some retailers
  • Worsbrough Mill Country Park - car park, children’s play area, cafe (takeaway orders 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


Indoor leisure and sports facilities can open for individual exercise or exercise with your household/support bubble.

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming pools, can open in line with wider social contact limits.

For informal outdoor sport and recreation the 'rule of six' for outdoor gatherings applies.

Organised outdoor sport for both adults and children is permitted with any numbers, where this takes place under national governing body guidance.

Indoor group exercise classes are still not permitted.