COUNCIL bosses have announced the borough's four libraries will be closing from today as part of the reaction to the coronavirus crisis - but parks will remain open.

Bury, Ramsbottom, Prestwich and Radcliffe libraries are all affected, as town hall chiefs look to reduce social contact and help halt the spread of Covid-19. The council's archive services will also be closed.

But the borough's parks will stay open – however play areas will be taped off.

Bury Council has announced its parks will not close following reports of large numbers of people gathering in public open spaces over the weekend despite social distancing guidelines from the government.

A council spokesman said: “Our parks are still open, but we are taping off children’s play areas today to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please don’t use the equipment, and remember to keep your distance from others."

Residents are still being urged to join the library online and read thousands of books from home on their PC, tablet or smart phone.

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A council spokesman said: “Don’t worry if you have any books which are due to be returned – you will not be fined. Just bring them back once the coronavirus pandemic is over: we’ll let you know when the libraries reopen full services.

“Please understand this decision is necessary to help protect the vulnerable and minimise the spread of coronavirus.”