BARNSLEY residents have been told to stay indoors and resist the temptation to visit the town’s beauty spots during the bank holiday weekend.

The town’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) issued guidance in the run-up to this weekend, which is set to be dominated by long spells of warm weather.

A spokesperson also urged people to stay at home should they experience any coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.

“If your symptoms worsen or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please refer to the NHS 111 online coronavirus service,” they added. “Only call 111 if you can’t get online or you’ve been instructed to - please do not go to your GP practice or community pharmacy.

“GP practice services today and on Easter Monday will be available the same as any normal weekday. This may be at your practice or another nearby service.

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“On Saturday and Sunday 12 April, GP access will be the same as any other weekend.”

Many community pharmacies will be open for a minimum of three hours today and on Easter Monday, with some pharmacies being open longer.

Community pharmacy opening hours tomorrow will be the same as normal and on Sunday will be the same as any normal Easter Sunday.

“Pharmacists and their teams are an essential part of the NHS and need your help and support during the coronavirus pandemic,” the spokesperson added. “Always treat our staff with respect, they are doing their best to provide you with the medicines and advice you need.”