Coronavirus: latest updates
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Council buildings closed to the public
The Prime Minister announced the most stringent measures ever brought in by any UK Government to reduce the extreme pressure expected on health services and save lives if we do not act.
As a result, Council buildings are closed to the public. We will continue to deliver essential public services.
The Government have advised that people must only leave home for:
- shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
Additionally, people must not visit family members or friends; all libraries, places of worship and playgrounds will be closed, as will all shops selling non-essential items, and groups of more than two people gathering can be dispersed by the Police.
It is absolutely essential that we all follow this advice.
Coronavirus support and advice
The Government has made a series of announcements about the support available to businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic:
Community volunteering and support
What we’re doing and how you can help.
Coronavirus help and support
Get the support you need. Let us know if you or someone you know needs help.
Our find support services map shows organisations that are open but providing an online or phone alternative to their usual activities in response to Coronavirus.
Visit service pages to view the latest information about changes to services.
Parking exemptions for key workers
We are providing parking exemptions for key workers on the front line of the borough’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
There have been reports of criminals who are trying to take advantage of people’s vulnerability at a time when they are likely to be distracted by concerns regarding the coronavirus.