Chelmsford City Council is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and the scientific advice and guidance from Government.
Plans are in place to make sure our essential services can continue during this time for the benefit of our residents. We are carrying out extra cleaning across all City Council sites and taking other steps in our services to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.
This afternoon (Monday 16 March), I joined a conference call for all Council Leaders with the Secretary of State for Local Government. We discussed national guidance on reducing the risk of spread of Coronavirus. I then had a follow up meeting with the Deputy Leader and senior officers to discuss these plans further.
The City Council always has contingency plans for different situations that could potentially disrupt the work that we do for our residents and this includes a pandemic. Our priority is to ensure that our most essential services continue and I would like to reassure residents that strategies are in place to make sure that these carry on over the coming months.
Lead officers from the public sector across Essex meet, whether physically or virtually, at least twice a week and the City Council will then have follow-up action meetings to ensure that the scientific best practice is followed everywhere.
We encourage all residents to follow the public health messages on the steps they can take to prevent the spread of the virus, such as regularly washing your hands.
The City Council is working with local partners to prepare for any changes in the situation and to minimise any disruption. For the latest updates on Council services, please visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/coronavirus.
For the most up-to-date and reliable information about coronavirus, please visit the Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
Chelmsford City Council will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep its residents updated.
Leader of Chelmsford City Council, Councillor Stephen Robinson
Monday 16 March 2020