Local authority powers in managing COVID outbreaks

Posted on Friday 17 July 2020

Today the Prime Minister announced the powers being given to local authorities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. We will be reviewing the details of the Contain Framework over the next few days and what it means for us. The framework sets out how national and local partners will work with the public at a local level to prevent, contain and manage outbreaks.

See statement from Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health:

“Following the latest government announce made by the Prime Minister today, we are pleased to hear that local authorities will be given the powers we need in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

“We will be reviewing the details of the Contain Framework over the next few days. Using this information along with our recently published Local Outbreak Management Plans, we are in a strong position to manage an outbreak effectively.

“Dorset continues to have low numbers of cases and that is due to our residents following government guidance. I’d like to ask everyone to keep doing their bit and following guidance such as social distancing and washing hands regularly to help keep cases low.''