AS MAY 6 fast approaches, council bosses have shared guidance to make sure residents are able to vote safely amidst the pandemic.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm and voters are eligible to vote any time within that period.

Remember to take your polling card with you and vote at your designated polling station – otherwise you won't be allowed to vote.

Social distancing measures will be in place in every polling station, and voters will be required to wear masks and sanitise their hands.

Voters will also be required to take their own pen or pencil to the voting booth to help minimise person-to-person contact.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “If you become unwell or are self-isolating as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you don’t need to miss out on your vote.

“You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day, so someone you can trust can vote on your behalf.

“You can arrange it by speaking to Barnsley Council Electoral Services team on 773070.”