SANDIWAY Library has reopened from the coronavirus lockdown today, August 10.

The library has returned with a reduced service and shorter opening hours, and visitors' contact details will be taken down for NHS Test and Trace.

To ensure safety, the number of people allowed inside at any one time is limited, and face coverings are mandatory under the latest Government guidelines except for those who are exempt.

Cllr Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "By reopening our libraries in stages, we can ensure all of the safety precautions are in place and working effectively."

Currently all library loans are renewed until 1 September and the reservation service is temporarily suspended.

The reinstatement of overdue charges and reservations will be reviewed by September.

Services including events and activities, room bookings and the home library service will continue to be reviewed ahead of a safe return.

Sandiway Library was closed for repairs last autumn and winter.

It is now open from 10am to 1pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and from 2pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The library is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Northwich Library was one of five to reopen in Cheshire West last month.

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Between reopening and last Wednesday, the borough's libraries had 18,640 visits, while customers returned 23,436 items and borrowed 16,782 items.

Libraries have been operating safely with new layouts and social distancing.