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Recycling centres in Derry cleared by the Northern Ireland Executive to re-open on Monday

Some easing of the lockdown announced by Stormont leaders

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Pennyburn Recycling Centre in Derry.

The Northern Ireland Executive has cleared the way for recycling centres in Derry to re-open.

First Minister Arlene Foster told a press conference a short time ago that recycling centres and garden centres in Northern Ireland can re-open from Monday as part of the first measures to ease lockdown.

On Tuesday, the executive published a five-phase blueprint for lifting restrictions but it did not include a timeframe.

The First Minister said updated medical advice meant the executive could now approve the "tentative first steps".

Marriage ceremonies where a person is terminally ill will also be allowed.

The executive has stressed that not all aspects of the first step of its recovery plan will take effect at once.

Recycling centres have been closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said the five recycling centres at Pennyburn, Strathfoyle, Glendermott Road, Claudy and Strahan Road in Strabane, will reopen on Monday from 8 am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8 am to 6pm on Saturdays.

Both Pennyburn and Strahan Road sites will also open from 1-5pm on Sundays.

The council spokesperson said the remaining six sites will remain closed for now, with the council regularly reviewing this.

"A number of restrictions and controls will be in place at all centres to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public using the site, in consideration of social distance requirements.

"In addition to having in place a one-way system, the Council has advised that in keeping with the DAERA guidelines, the number of cars accessing the sites at any one time will be restricted.

"Large vans or trailers will not be permitted access to the sites when sites initially reopen to improve traffic flow and reduce waiting times. Only one person will be permitted to leave their vehicle to dispose of waste with staff unable to provide assistance.

"The public are asked to avoid bringing bulky waste onto the site during the initial reopening phase and encouraged to continue to use the Bulky Waste Collection Service and to also avoid visiting the recycling centres during peak times in the afternoon.

"Anyone intending to dispose of black bags must ensure they are double bagged and have been stored for a 72-hour period before disposal, as per PHA guidelines.

"In order to protect staff and the wider public, social distancing is required within all the sites and the public will be required to unload their own waste. Members of the public experiencing symptoms or who are self-isolating must not enter the recycling centres.

"Council will have staff on hand to offer guidance only however, it is imperative that the public adhere to their instructions at all times and co-operate fully with them as they continue to provide an important public service during this challenging time. Abusive behaviour will not be tolerated."

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