Libraries

Following the most recent guidance from government, we are working on plans to make sure Camden’s libraries can be opened safely. This will include a phased approach to reopening, with limited computer access available at two libraries first. This approach will be followed in the remaining venues over the summer period.
 
During this time we will continue to offer our digital library and expand our range of online events and resources. During the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Library Service (HLS) has delivered books to residents on the government’s shielded list. Over the summer, the service will resume deliveries to its existing housebound customers with an aim to expand its offer to new clients.   
 
Protecting residents and staff remains our priority and we are working to make sure that safety measures are in place before reopening. This includes completing full risk assessments of all our libraries in consultation with our union colleagues. We will release more information on our steps to reopening with dates very soon. We look forward to welcoming residents back to Camden’s libraries.

Leisure centres

Camden’s leisure centres are managed by Better. Following Government guidance issued on Friday 20 March, all Better Leisure Centres and Better Gyms across the UK have temporarily closed. 

This includes: 

  • Kentish Town Sports Centre, 
  • Oasis Sports Centre, 
  • Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, 
  • Pancras Square Leisure 
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch

The following services have temporarily stopped operating: 

  • exercise on Referral and Adult Weight Management
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch – all children and adult drop-in, term-time and holiday sports programmes
  • sports outreach activities (Kilburn Grange) and Friday Night Project (FNP)
  • Camden Health Walks
  • community based Better 55+ Club activities (Peckwater Centre, Royal Free Recreation Club)

The health and wellbeing of staff and customers is paramount and we have a social responsibility to everyone in the community to take action to protect ourselves and others. Better will automatically apply a payment freeze for all members. This means that you will retain your membership or lesson/course, but will not have to pay during the period that the centre is closed. 

If you are a Better member and would like further information or have any queries, please visit their dedicated page.

We are working closely with Better and local public health authorities and receiving official updates from the Government. Further updates based on this advice will be given when available.

Parks

Using parks and open spaces safely

It’s important that we all enjoy Camden’s parks and open spaces safely. Please help up to keep these spaces clean and safe for everyone:

-    Keep a 2m distance where possible
-    Wash your hands regularly and as soon as you get home
-    Take litter home with you where bins are full or not provided
-    Do not BBQ in Camden’s parks

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Tennis courts and Multi-Use Games Areas

Tennis bookings are now open here. You can find advice to help you stay Covid safe whilst playing tennis here

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms

We have been working to make sure playgrounds and outdoor gyms can be opened safely. We began to reopen these spaces from 6 July. If you are using playgrounds or outdoor gyms please keep yourself and others safe by:

-    Keeping a 2m distance where possible
-    Washing hands and using sanitiser regularly
-    Use face coverings where possible
-    If areas are busy please come back later
-    Do not eat or drink in playgrounds and outdoor gyms
-    Please bring your own hygiene products and wipe down equipment after use
-    Do not use these spaces if you or anyone from your household has coronavirus symptoms

Further guidance 

For more information, visit the government website.

Public toilets

Our free to use public toilets are open at the following locations: 

  • Camden Town - gender neutral
  • Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • Pond Square
  • South End Green
  • West End Lane 

Find out more

Markets

In line with government guidelines, our markets and street trading sites remain open to help you buy essential supplies:

  • Grocery and food
  • Home and hardware goods
  • News and confectionary kiosks
  • Pet stalls
  • Hot food takeaway and deliveries

Currently we have traders operating in:

  • Queen’s Crescent – Thursday and Saturday (household goods, bread and hot food takeaway)
  • Eton Avenue – Wednesday (farmers' market fresh produce and hot food takeaway)
  • Chalton Street – Friday (household goods)
  • West Hampstead Overground – Saturday (London Farmers' Market, fresh produce)
  • Twyford Place – Monday to Friday (fruit and vegetables)
  • Hampstead Station – Monday to Friday (fruit and vegetables)
     

When you are visiting our markets and street trading sites please follow social distancing guidelines by keeping 2 metres distance from people, complete your purchase promptly, and return home as soon as possible. 

Find out more about markets in Camden  

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