29th March 2020

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill is urging Somerset residents to do their bit to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, following the latest measures imposed by the Government.

Last night, every citizen was directed by the Prime Minister to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. Non-essential shops and community spaces will be closed from today and all gatherings in public will be stopped.

Cllr Fothergill gave an update to BBC Somerset this morning (24/3). He said: “The key thing is we have to slow this virus and give the NHS space. This means we need people to stay at home, work from home and find reasons to stay in, not go out.

“We have 3,000 of our 3,500 staff now working online at home using the technology we’ve invested in to ensure essential services continue. The other 500 staff are working directly with vulnerable people and we’re making sure they have the right systems and the right protection to make sure those people get what they need.

“You will see some of our normal services slow or stop completely as we redeploy our staff to prioritise keeping our most vulnerable residents safe. We need to move around the county, so please help us to keep our staff safe by staying at home.”

For the latest updates from the Government, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

For further information about Somerset County Council services and the latest updates, please visit www.somerset.gov.uk.