GCSE and A-level exams are not going ahead.
Measures being introduced by Ealing Council to help slow the spread of the coronavirus include the temporary closure of most of the borough’s libraries and the cancellation of council meetings.
To help with the government’s social distancing strategy, all but one of Ealing’s libraries are set to temporarily close from Thursday 19 March. To ensure some access to vital services is maintained, Ealing Central Library will remain open, with extra cleaners allocated to keep it as clean as possible. The number of public access computers at the library will be reduced in order to ensure users are kept a reasonable distance apart.
All current library loans will be extended until 30 April, with late return fines waived until that date. All library cards that are due to expire will now run until 31 August. The council will review these dates over the coming weeks.
The council’s Home Library Service, which delivers books to your home every month if you are unable to visit your local library, will continue but start to operate on a no-contact model. The council will consider expanding this service if the national social distancing policy continues beyond current expectations.
Online library membership will continue to offer the full range of online resources. New members will be able to access the full range of online resources and eBooks with their ‘unregistered’ number without the need to physically attend a library for activation.
All non-essential council meetings for the coming weeks have also been cancelled, including ward forums.
Councillor Jasbir Anand is Ealing Council’s lead member for business and community services. She said: “Our thoughts are with all the people who are suffering as a result of Covid-19.
“During this international crisis, it is vital that we divert our precious resources to where they are most needed. Our libraries will be reopened as soon as possible.
“Crucial council services are working normally and our priority remains to care for our elderly and vulnerable residents. We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that we can continue to deliver these vital services over the coming months.
“Please check trusted sources including the council and central government websites to make sure you have the latest information on coronavirus.”
Online library services are available via the council's website.