Coronavirus Joint Council Statement 12 March 2020

Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils are adhering to the advice of Public Health England and monitoring the guidance on a daily basis.

We are encouraging regular handwashing and good hygiene practices in all council premises.

We are advanced in our preparations to maximise opportunities for staff to work from home where possible.

All invitations to attend external events on behalf of the council are also being assessed on a case-by-case basis.

In terms of day-to-day operations, we are reviewing business impact analysis assessments for each service area. These focus in the first instance on prioritised activities for our most vulnerable residents. 

The assessments will capture the minimum level of service to be delivered along with staff numbers and solutions and resources to ensure continuity. 

Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said:

“We have instigated a number of measures internally and will continue to adapt our processes according to the advice we receive.

“There is obviously some disruption to the normal course of council activities, but it is incumbent upon every local authority to lead by example and do whatever the medical experts are telling us.

“As an example, we were due to undertake a peer review in the coming weeks facilitated by the Local Government Association, but we took the decision to postpone it at this time.  

“We’ve also been invited to an event in London next week where the council has been shortlisted for an award, but it is untenable for anyone from the council to attend at this time.

“We will continue to follow the advice of Public Health England and do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus.” 

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

“The council is following the advice of Public Health England 

“I fully understand the worry this situation is causing residents, but in the majority of cases the symptoms of this virus are quite mild.

“We will continue to take the sensible steps being prescribed by the medical experts and I’d encourage all our residents to do likewise.”

Published 12 March 2020