Coronavirus Update from Councillor Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
Published on Friday, 20th March 2020
We clearly find ourselves facing an unprecedented public health issue and a fast moving situation to respond to.
The safety of the public and our staff, together with providing as much support as we can to residents, are our main priorities now and will remain so in the coming days, weeks and months. Taking heed of the Government’s essential guidance around personal hygiene and advice about self-isolating if people have COVID-19 symptoms, or are in close contact with people showing those symptoms, are vitally important for us all.
I want to reassure people that Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is striving to keep all key services operational during the on-going COVID-19 outbreak. At present, there are no changes to our waste or recycling collection services; our car parks are open; we are operating our housing and revenues & benefits services as normal; our Town Hall Customer Service Centre is operational and our sports & leisure centres are open.
However, given the Government's guidance regarding social gatherings and events we have implemented some changes:
- We have closed the Bedworth Area Office for the foreseeable future.
- We have closed Bedworth Civic Hall and the cafe for the foreseeable future.
- We have cancelled some of our Committee meetings
- We are reducing non-essential visits and taking other steps to reduce the risk to staff and residents.
We have taken measures in all of our buildings to encourage social distancing, and have taken steps to ensure that all staff who can work from home do so.
We are talking on an individual basis to vulnerable people around self-isolating and we know that communities are doing a lot to support themselves. We are working with partner organisations to support people who are affected by the guidance on social distancing. We are also very mindful that distancing and self-isolation will increase financial pressures on some residents and families. Anyone struggling with Council Tax, rent or other payments to the Council should contact us to discuss (over the phone or via the website) what we can do to assist. We are studying the measures announced by the Government and will review what help we can provide to support this.
We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice from the Government and we do think our services may well be impacted more in the coming weeks as the advice from Government changes when we reach different stages of this outbreak.
We will be communicating any changes via our website and social media channels in the first instance.
Councillor Julie Jackson
Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
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