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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

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Leader addresses Council on Coronavirus situation

Published Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Council Leader, Cllr George Duggins, addressed yesterday's Full Council on the Coronavirus situation, thanking health workers and urging people to work together and support one another.

Cllr Duggins said: 

Colleagues,

With the ongoing issues around Coronavirus, I wanted to share some thoughts with you on the current situation and what is happening across the Council now, and in the coming weeks.

First, though, let me say my thoughts, and I know those of everyone here at Coventry City Council, are with those people who have been directly affected and their families.

People here in our region and around the world have lost loved ones and our prayers are with them.

I would also like to place on record our thanks to all our health workers and Public Health colleagues who have been leading our response on the frontline for some weeks already.

Their dedication and skill is helping to save lives and keep us all safe, and we are very grateful for all they do.

Thank you also to our Council colleagues who have continued their hard work to keep our vital services running and get the Council and the city of Coventry in as strong a position as possible to cope with the far-reaching effects of this virus.

These are troubling times for all of us, with the situation changing daily, and a variety of advice and messages for us all to take in and act on.

We are all suffering anxieties and concerns around our own families and there are challenges to be faced by communities, businesses and partners across the city.

I would like to give you my personal assurance that we, as a Council, are well-practiced at implementing a co-ordinated response to protect and support the residents of the city, and we are ready and able to introduce and carry out our business continuity plans as the situation develops.

The Council will, of course, focus as ever on the key services our residents and businesses rely upon, and, above all, prioritise those services for our most vulnerable. 

We are also very aware of how challenging this is for our wonderful businesses - small, medium and large - and we will continue to work with Central Government and colleagues from across the region to ensure we target help and support to those businesses that need it to get through the coming weeks and months.

Here in the Council, I know that the Chief Executive and senior colleagues stand ready to use our resources, including our workforce as flexibly as possible.

We know that whilst we must continue to deliver our public services, we also have a clear duty of care to all of our employees, elected members and partners.

We are ready to support you all as we adapt to meet the challenges ahead and we will continue to monitor the situation and latest guidance to give you the best help and advice possible.

Finally, I would ask us all to dig deep through our One Coventry approach to look out for each other here at work and at home; and to think of ways in which we can mobilise the uniquely brilliant community assets and resources we have in plenty across Coventry. 

This will not only help us to respond in the short term, it will make us even more resilient for the future and will make the inevitable recovery both quicker and more enduring.

Thank you again for all your hard work and for your dedication in supporting the Council, the city and its residents through these difficult times.

My best wishes to you and your families and I look forward to better times ahead in the near future.

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