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Coronavirus - Closure of council buildings and cancellation of events in response to coronavirus

All Sandwell Council buildings are closed and events are cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This means all events and organised activities in Sandwell’s parks, museums, libraries and at Lightwoods House will not be going ahead.

Public spaces such as local parks and Sandwell Valley currently remain open to the public but members of the public are reminded to ensure they follow government guidelines on social distancing.

Council buildings and visitor attractions, including local neighbourhood offices, Sandwell Park Farm and Forge Mill Farm, museums and libraries, are also closed.

Sandwell Council Local offices at Oldbury (Sandwell Council House) and West Bromwich (Court House) and in Rowley Regis, Tipton, Smethwick and Wednesbury are all closed. Smethwick Council House and Wednesbury Town Hall are also closed.

The announcement is in line with government advice on non-essential contact or travel around the UK in response to dealing with the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

All events taking place in Sandwell are cancelled until 8 June 2020. This includes events organised by Sandwell Council and externally-organised events in Sandwell.

The council will review arrangements when the 12-week period ends in June 2020.

Sandwell Locals (neighbourhood offices)

All Sandwell Local offices, including Oldbury Local at Sandwell Council House, are now closed.

Wherever possible, please set up a MySandwell account to access council services, pay bills and report issues. For people not online, call 0121 368 1166.

Call 0121 569 6000 to report an emergency repair.

Smethwick Council House and Wednesbury Town Hall

Smethwick Council House and Wednesbury Town Hall are also closed.

Cashiers Services

Cashiers offices at Smethwick Council House and Kings Square, West Bromwich are also closed. Customers are advised to make a payment online or over the phone wherever possible.

Sandwell Libraries and Archives

All libraries in Sandwell are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We have a number of measures in place to support our customers:

  • We have extended our loan period for books borrowed until 30 June 2020 
  • Customers can renew items up to 12 times. This can be done via our Online Library Services.
  • We are providing instant access to BorrowBox - our free eBook and eAudiobooks service - for new customers who join online. Join a library online.

Customers will receive a temporary membership number, and an email alert which includes a link to create a PIN number. Customers can then sign up to BorrowBox and begin borrowing items immediately.

Sandwell Park Farm and Forge Mill Farm

The visitor centres at Sandwell Park Farm and Forge Mill Farm will close to all the public to ensure our staff, who are taking care of the animals are not put at increased risk of infection. 

We will keep the parks open to the public and will continue to maintain the green spaces. Public safety notices will be displayed across the park.

Museums and arts

We will be delaying the opening of all Sandwell museums, including Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery, until 8 June 2020. Any planned events will be cancelled or postponed.

Lightwoods House

All Sandwell Council-run events will be cancelled including any corporate bookings until 8 June 2020. The council is in discussions with concession and lessees to continue operation of their public facing services.

Allotments

All AGM meeting or committee meetings will be cancelled or postponed for 30 days.  This most likely will be extended depending on official recommendations over the coming weeks.
If you do visit your allotment, we recommend that precautions are taken by all of you to help prevent the spread of the virus, particularly to your tenants who are in ‘at risk’ categories. Holding a meeting in close proximity to others, often in small meeting rooms/huts would not be advisable at this moment in time.

Community centres

All community centres in Sandwell are now closed.

Cemeteries and crematoria

Cemeteries and crematoria are now open. In order for us to keep our sites open we ask all our residents to follow government and PHE guidance and adhere to social distancing advice.