Steve Fritchley released the statement yesterday evening.
Bolsover District Council Leader, Steve Fritchley has moved to reassure residents the Council is doing everything it can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and ensure essential services remain operational.
Councillor Fritchley said, “The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor Public Health England advice and work closely with them and our other partners to monitor developments and communicate the latest guidance and advice to help prevent the virus from spreading.”
In an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the public and its staff, the Council is planning a shut-down of non-essential services for four working days during the Easter week.
The Easter period is traditionally a time when families are off together resulting in less of a demand for council services and the partial shut-down of services will help the Council restrict the spread of the virus and allow them to test their business continuity plans. These dates are subject to change depending upon the national picture and information from Public Health England.
Services such as waste and recycling collections, benefit claims and payments, essential housing repairs, central control, contact centre and mobile wardens will continue to operate as normal, but other services such as leisure, planning and economic development will be suspended.
Councillor Fritchley added, “The situation is fluid and is subject to change. But I want to reassure people not to panic, that we have a plan and are putting these plans into action by doing all we can to protect people. Essential services will continue so we can make sure the vulnerable are cared for and that critical frontline services are prioritised in the event that resources become stretched as a result of the Coronavirus.”
The Council has also taken the additional steps of:
- cancelling all formal and non-essential meetings and events;
- continuing to work with our partners and stakeholders to mitigate the risks and ensure our business continuity arrangements are fit for purpose;
- sharing information about good hygiene practices directly with all employees;
- ensuring that our facilities are cleaned more frequently.
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