18 March: BCP Council Leader's latest response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Posted on Wednesday 18th March 2020

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said

“The situation regarding coronavirus is changing rapidly and these are unsettling times for residents.  I understand many will be feeling worried and anxious as the situation develops. 

“It’s important that you follow and share the latest public health advice to keep yourselves, your families and our local communities safe.  

“As a council we continue to work with our partners at the NHS and Public Health England to do all that we can to keep families and communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole safe.

“These are unprecedented times and we are working extremely hard to make sure we can deliver the most essential services to residents most in need, while at the same time working to support the wellbeing of our staff so that we have enough resources to be able to do this.

“Our priority is to keep the most vulnerable residents as safe as possible. We know that many residents are volunteering their help and we have seen some amazing examples of community spirit where people are reaching out to offer help and support to those in need.   

“It’s important that we ensure any volunteering is done in a coordinated, targeted and safe way for everyone. 

“Working with our local charity and voluntary sector partners we will soon be launching a structured and safe approach to volunteering across the three towns. 

“We know our local neighbourhoods will continue to support each other as COVID-19 means self-isolation for more vulnerable people. It’s only by working together that we will get through this challenging situation.”

“It really important that people stay up to date.   You can find helpful information and updates on the Council’s website, where you can find health advice, information about Council services. 

“The Council’s social media will also bring you up to date information as we receive it (Twitter / Facebook).”