Eden District Council’s Local Links office at Alston Town Hall is preparing to open its doors, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted on Monday 12 April.
Special measures will be in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers and social distancing rules will apply, with a limit on the number of people able to enter the building. Masks will be compulsory for all, except those with a medical exemption.
To begin with, the Alston Local Links office will be open to the public on reduced hours to accommodate the implementation of a strict hygiene regime. The office will be open to the public on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 10am and 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. The office will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though an alternative email and phone service will be available on these days.
Alston Local Links provides a range of services, including a ‘select and collect’ library service, with books being quarantined in between loans, as well tourist information and access to council services through the Eden District Council contact centre. Local Links staff can also provide community and event information, as well as local public transport information.
Elizabeth McDonald, Team Leader at Alston Local Links, said; “We’ve been working hard to ensure that we can provide a Covid-safe and secure environment for our staff and visitors. Now all that hard work has been done, we’re looking forward to welcoming people back into the office.
"We’ll be offering most of our usual services, including photocopying and additional blue bag sales, as well as selling postage stamps and rural wheels top ups."
Alston Local Links is one of the nine local links offices in Cumbria, which delivers services locally to the community. Local Links services are provided through a partnership formed between the County's six district councils, Cumbria County Council, the Lake District National Park Authority, the Police and the Primary Care Trust.