By Holly O’Doherty
Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) have released a comprehensive list of new COVID-19 restrictions following the recent surge in cases in NI. These came into force on January 8 and are being kept under constant review.
Leisure centres in Derry City and Strabane are now closed, with the Foyle Arena remaining open for COVID-19 vaccinations only. Individuals who previously benefitted from full membership at these centres will now have it amended to reflect the closure period. Furthermore, sports pitches are closed with exceptions made only for elite activities.
In lieu of these closures, the DCSDC launched a new membership engagement programme on January 11. This aims to provide a virtual alternative to help the public maintain some form of normalcy. The programme includes fitness sessions, workshops, and health and wellbeing tips. It gives individuals the opportunity to engage with a new activity and features a range of online classes, such as Yoga and Zumba.
In addition to these new measures, there are several council buildings which are now closed to the public. These include the Guildhall, the Tower Museum, and the Alley Theatre in Strabane.
Several council areas will remain open during lockdown, such as play parks, public parks, and cemeteries.
The DCSDC urge the public to regularly check the Council’s social media accounts for updates on closures. They have also asked that, where possible, they are contacted on the phone 028 71 253253, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to