Libraries to reopen as lockdown restrictions relaxed

City libraries, ParkLives outdoor activities for young people and RNLI beach patrols are set for re-opening in Swansea as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Council library services have been operating a hugely-successful click and collect service for book lovers since they closed in December as part of measures designed to tackle Covid-19.

They will be open again from Monday, March 29, following the announcement today (Friday) of some further easing of restrictions.

In addition to that council-funded RNLI beach patrols will resume tomorrow (March 27) for the Easter holidays at the busy beaches of Langland, Caswell Bay, Port Eynon and Swansea Bay.

ParkLives, the council’s free outdoor initiative for children and young people will also be providing safe, socially-distanced activities at a number of parks over the coming school Easter holidays.

Tracey McNulty, head of service for cultural services, said all the services being offered will adhere to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions.

She said: “The council wants to encourage people to safely enjoy activities which are now permitted following the easing of restrictions. If you are visiting a library you will need to wear a mask indoors, keep your distance from others and listen to the advice from our staff who are there to help keep everyone safe.

“Anyone who wants to join in with our outdoor ParkLives activities will need to book in advance so that our teams can manage numbers safely.”

She added: “Gower beaches are busy destinations at Easter which is why the RNLI is working with us to re-introduce beach patrols at four of our beaches over the holiday period.

“But visitors still need to adhere to the restrictions which remain in place by keeping their distance from others and wearing masks indoors.

“We’d also urge people to take their litter and other rubbish home with them rather than leave it behind for others to clear up, especially if bins are full.”

Lifeguards are returning to Langland, Caswell Bay, Port Eynon and Swansea Bay for the Easter holidays (Image: Swansea Council)

Chris Cousens, RNLI Water Safety Lead for Wales, said: “The RNLI lifeguards provide beach visitors with invaluable support, helping to keep those going in the water safe.

“RNLI lifeguards are fully trained in all aspects of beach safety so anyone with any queries should always approach a lifeguard, who will be more than willing to help or offer advice.”

If you’re a parent and want advice from the RNLI about staying safe by water this summer go to: https://rnli.org/pages/beach2020

Full information about accessing services at our re-opened library services can be found here: Swansea – Libraries

Those who want to participate in ParkLives activities will need to book in advance. Details of events and booking information can be found here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/parklives

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