RESIDENTS across Romsey have rushed to the Bunny Lane tip since it reopened on Monday, May 11, amid the coronavirus crisis.

Now HCC has released a list of ways to stay safe when residents are using the tips, which can be accessed from 10am to 4pm.

Residents are being encouraged to only visit the tips if they cannot store their waste safely at home, because it could cause an injury or pose a health risk.

The advise states "anyone in a vulnerable group or with COVID-19 symptoms should not visit" the tips and drivers should expect queues when they visit as "a limited number of cars will be admitted at one time".

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Visitors are being urged to stay two metres apart from staff and other visitors at all times, adding staff will not be able to help lift items.

HCC has also stressed they will not be accepting soil, rubble, plasterboard and asbestos and will operate reduced opening hours.

A spokesperson from HCC said: "We ask that one person per household visit the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC).

"Only the driver will be permitted to leave the vehicle to handle and dispose of waste, but Blue Badge holders are exempt from this rule."

They added visitors should also wear gloves for their protection.

This comes after HCC confirmed two weeks ago it was working on preparations to re-open Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCS).

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As previously reported in the Romsey Advertiser, cllr Rob Humby,executive member for economy, transport and environment at the county council, said having the safety measures in place will mean "things will be very different".

He added: "I would ask people to be patient. Rather like supermarkets, social distancing measures will apply, limiting the number of people allowed in at any one time and operating reduced opening hours so the sites can be thoroughly cleaned each day.

"I can also confirm that in view of the current circumstances we will not be enforcing the number plate recognition provisions during this period but allow more time for Hampshire residents to register their car registrations.”

The news comes as earlier this year residents were asked to register their number plate online as non-Hampshire residents who would want to use the county’s recycling centres are going to be charged £5.