Libraries

We regret that because of the new government restrictions we have had to make further changes to the service in our libraries.

For full details, see Changes to the library service

You can continue to visit our digital library which has a range of free online books and information resources. 

Keeping everyone safe

Libraries will have a number of measures in place to keep residents and staff safe. These include:

  • Voluntary contact tracing is in place
  • Computers spaced to allow social distancing
  • Regular cleaning between users
  • It is mandatory for library users to wear face coverings
  • Family PC use limited to one adult and one child only
  • Customers are limited to one session of up to one hour per day

 

Leisure centres

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools are reopened including indoor sport and activity for adults and children from 17th May 2021 for both members and non-members following  Government guidance

We have been, and continue to, work closely with our leisure partner and operator Better Leisure to make sure facilities are Covid-19 secure. Services and activities are being reintroduced in phases to manage capacity and maximise safety, starting with gym, swim and group exercise. Group exercise classes and indoor activities can take place from 17 May 2021, in accordance with the government roadmap.

Keeping Safe in Camden Leisure Centres

To keep residents and staff safe, Better Leisure has introduced a number of safety procedures, which can be viewed in this short video

Leisure centre users must pre-book gym, swim or fitness classes and pay online remotely or at the centres by card only. Each activity is booked in a timeslot, the majority of these will be for an hour, however some group exercise classes will be shorter. Users may attend one activity type per day effectively allowing customers to attend 3 sessions, provided they pre-book and leave the centre.
 
Physical changes to the environment in our leisure facilities to enable social distancing include:

  • Reducing the amount of gym stations to allow a 2 metre gap between users 
  • Reallocating sports halls as studio space, increasing capacity for group exercise
  • Only changing rooms in swimming pools will reopen initially
  • Doubling the width of swimming lanes
  • 3 metre individual bays have been created within exercise studios to ensure a minimum of 2 metres between users during classes
  • Separate entrance and exits to leisure centres for customers
  • 10 minute change over for outdoor sports bookings
     

For the latest information, take a look at Better Leisure’s frequently asked questions on reopening leisure services or visit the Coronavirus section of their website. 

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

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 

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