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Blackburn Youth Zone remains open as we enter Tier 3 restrictions




Dear Supporters of Blackburn Youth Zone





Blackburn with Darwen to Enter Tier 3 Restrictions

Blackburn Youth Zone will remain open

A message from Hannah Allen, Chief Executive, Blackburn Youth Zone

Following this lockdown announcement in Lancashire, we just wanted to let you know that we are still open as we have been for the last few months.

Blackburn Youth Zone provides young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. It is an essential service for young people and especially vulnerable young people, as BwD enters level 3 we must ensure safety of young people and support them in their time of need. The NYA (National Youth Association) has developed a guidance that BYZ has been following whilst COVID-19 is present.
We continue to follow all guidance from The National Youth Agency and take advice from BwD public health. We have a range of measures to keep our members safe including social distancing, hand washing stations, small groups, booking systems and one way systems. You can find our detailed risk assessments here

Blackburn Youth Zone service is needed now more than ever and will continue to keep our doors open in a safe way, following all guidance available.
The official Government announcement is here:
If you do have any further queries please do visit the Council’s website which is updated regularly with the latest advice and guidance including an update on shielding:




A message on behalf of Denise Park, Chief Executive, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 

 You will have no doubt seen in the news that Blackburn with Darwen and the whole of Lancashire is being placed into the ‘very high’ alert level of the Government’s new three-tier system of interventions to tackle the spread of Covid-19. We have now, in the last hour, had official notification of this.
Council leaders have been locked in talks all week on the new restrictions and have worked incredibly hard to argue the case for Blackburn with Darwen and get extra support for our residents and businesses.

It was made very clear to BwD by the government that we would have to accept going into Tier 3 due to the high number of cases in the borough and the increasing strain on our health system.
BwD Council have manage to get some support through a united effort between the leaders in Lancashire and one of these is that that our leisure centres and gyms can still open and operate. I welcome this as these are a vital lifeline to many of our residents and are a great way to keep improving people’s health and wellbeing, especially during these challenging times. We have also secured additional funding.

I know that many of you will be disappointed and anxious. We have all been living under very difficult conditions for a long time now. The more we can come together and work for the good of all of us and the whole borough.
We are now working through all the detail of the new regulations and will provide a further update as soon as we can.