COVID-19, Wokingham Borough Council|

Wokingham Borough Council has announced the re-opening of libraries and leisure centres as part of stage 2 of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in England.

Leisure facilities across the borough will reopen with the Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries also re-opening their buildings on set days and at reduced hours for browsing and borrowing of books.

Loddon Valley, Bulmershe, St Crispin’s, Ryeish Green Sports Hub and Arborfield Green leisure centres will all re-open their swimming pools and resume swimming lessons on this date. Their gyms and indoor sports facilities will also re-open for individual exercise, or exercise with households or support bubbles. It is hoped that group exercise will resume at Step 3 of the government’s roadmap (no earlier than 17 May).

The Council is reopening the Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley library buildings on set days for book browsing and borrowing, as well as click and collect on Saturdays to manage building capacity safely. The times are as follows:

  • Woodley Library will be open for browsing and borrowing on Mondays (9am – 1pm), Wednesdays (9am – 1pm) and Thursdays (1pm – 5pm).
  • Wokingham on Tuesdays (1pm – 5pm), Wednesdays (9.30am – 1.30pm) and Fridays (9.30am – 1.30pm).
  • Lower Earley on Mondays (9.30am – 1.30pm), Tuesdays (1pm – 5pm) and Thursdays (9.30am – 1.30pm).

All three libraries will open for click and collect only on Saturdays (9.30am – 1pm). Measures are in place at all three sites to allow for safe visiting; including social distancing, a one-way system, a requirement to wear masks and hand sanitizer stations.

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