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Weddings cancelled as town hall staff test positive for coronavirus

Written by on 22/10/2020

Barnsley Town Hall has closed due to a number of positive Covid-19 cases among staff.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council posted the news on their website and said that four staff members had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Town Hall is expected to reopen on October 27, following a “deep clean”.

Weddings due to take place at the venue will be affected, as the hall is to be closed to all staff and members of the public.

Barnsley Council said: “There will be some disruption to weddings planned in the town hall.

“We’re contacting the people who have weddings planned over the next four days.”

Registrar appointments are also due to be affected, though the council has advised that anyone with an appointment to register a death will be able to do so over the phone.

Archive appointments are to be rearranged and the Experience Barnsley Museum will be pushing back the opening date of its newest exhibition, ‘I Grew Up in the 80’s’, to October 28.

Barnsley Council said: “We’re sorry about the disruptions and upset that this may cause. We are trying to minimise this as much as we can, but the welfare and safety of our staff and the public will always be our first priority.”

They said that they have “clear risk assessments and protocols in place” to deal with these positive cases.

“We urge everyone to follow the government guidance to save lives and prevent our NHS from being overwhelmed,” they added, which includes wearing a face covering, washing hands regularly and following social distancing guidelines.