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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Leader calls on residents to “heed advice”

Council leader WEB

The Leader of Leicestershire County Council is urging residents to “heed advice during unprecedented times”.

Yesterday (Monday) the Government announced new measures designed to minimise social contact, including working from home, if possible, self-isolating for 14 days if anyone in a household has symptoms and avoiding non-essential travel and pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres.

These are unprecedented times. I understand residents may be feeling unsettled but it’s important people heed the national advice. 

Life will be different for many weeks and months, which will bring challenges, but the national plans are designed to slow the spread so that lives can be saved.

We are taking the necessary immediate and longer-term steps to support and protect residents, staff and partners. Our focus is keeping critical services running, particularly those supporting vulnerable people such as our children’s and adults’ services, coroners, urgent road repairs, waste disposal and public health.  

As I’m sure you understand, some events will be cancelled – so keep in touch by following the national guidance, our website and social media channels.

Key actions:

  • At the moment, our priority is ensuring staff can run our critical services – public health, adults, children’s, regulatory services, urgent road repairs and waste disposal
  • Asking staff to work from home, where possible
  • Cancelling events such as a recruitment open day, adult learning courses, some theatre and attraction events – country parks are open
  • Library services will be concentrated on main library buildings but loans of books and materials will be for an extended period
  • Looking at how we can protect the most vulnerable – for example, we’re considering cancelling day services and short breaks for people with learning disabilities and older people but we’re asking providers to work with us on increasing home care
  • Minimising council meetings in line with Government guidance 

Read the latest Government guidance at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

County Council Leader calls on residents to “heed advice”

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