Covid restrictions are changing

Covid restrictions are changing on the 12th April. This will see the largest amount of restriction changes since the start of the year including the re-opening of non-essential shops.
🟠 Re-opening the high street safely.
  • Remember to wear face coverings in shops
  • Please be respectful and stick to any requests to limit numbers
  • Be kind – everyone is trying their best
  • There is still a one way system in place around the town centre to support social distancing

🟠 Hairdressers and nail salons can also reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting.

🟠 Public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen. This includes Bude Library which will now be providing the following services.
  • Customers will be able to browse in the main library area. We will be limiting the amount of people that can enter the library, at a time, so you may have to wait outside if it’s busy. We will ask customers to adhere to Covid safety rules: adults must wear a face covering, use the hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing while inside. We will be operating a ‘track and trace’ system.
  • If you have a mobility difficulty or will find it difficult to wait outside (if we are busy) please let us know in advance so we can support your visit to the Library.
  • Book and Browse the children’s area: From 12 April you can book a slot to browse the children’s area. The slots are for 15 minutes and one household at a time. We will ask adults to wear face coverings and everyone must use hand sanitiser before touching the books. Please send us a message or email us to book a slot:
  • A limited number of public computers will be available, please contact us to book a slot (see above)
  • We will continue to run our other services, including Click and Collect, Pick and Mix books.
  • Returns: You can return books to the lobby area. There is a trolley to the left for books coming back in. Books will stay on your card for 72 hours after you return them as they have to go into ‘quarantine’ before we check them back in.
  • Fines: Library fines have been re-instated however we are taking a discretionary waiving approach for the time being due to Covid Quarantining restrictions with the returning of books, please ask a staff member for help if required.
🟠 Outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only.
🟠 Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances can reopen.
🟠 Indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble.
🟠 All childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
🟠 Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people, Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens. Unfortunately for the time being The castle remains closed.
🟠 Self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble.
🟠 Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
🟠 You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible.
🟠 Meeting indoors is still prohibited unless they are part of your support bubble or another legal exemption applies. The rule of 6 or two households outdoors also still applies.
🟠 Remember – Everyone is eligible to receive free rapid testing now. Locally available from the Bude-Stratton business park just off the A39 every Thursday. Regular testing can prevent asymptomatic cases from entering the community.