Update on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Council Leader, Councillor Bob Cook.
We continue to provide weekly updates on the last working day of the week and our main focus is on keeping you informed of changes to services.
Phase 2 of the extended local business grants fund scheme – for small businesses significantly impacted by the pandemic – opened today.
The extension means a number of new categories of businesses are now eligible for grants. Applications must be in by Sunday, July 12.
Full details and an application form can be found on our webpage www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus/businesssupport.
The cashiers desks in our Customer Service centres will re-open from Monday, July 20.
The cafés in Preston Park and Wynyard Woodland Park will reopen from tomorrow (June 27) for take-aways.
From Monday, July 6 our larger libraries – Billingham, Norton, Stockton, Thornaby Central and Yarm – will open for book returns and book collections only, operating from 10am to 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
From Monday, July 20 the service at the larger libraries listed above will be extended to include limited browsing and access to ICT facilities from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm between Monday to Friday.
Our play areas will re-open from Saturday, July 4. Please note there are a number of play areas in the Borough that we don’t run and these parks may reopen on a different date.
Preston Park Museum
Preston Park Museum will re-open on Monday, July 20 and a number of measures will be in place to ensure everybody’s safety, including a requirement that people book their visit in advance. Details will be available in advance on the Preston Park Museum website www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk.
Stockton High Street
Use of the fountains and Stockton Flyer is expected to resume from Saturday, July 4.
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will resume from Saturday, July 4.
Remember, you can also keep up with all Coronavirus (COVID-19) related developments in the Borough, including details of the range of support available, via our webpage www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus.