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April 2020

Friday 24 April

This week we have continued to work within a well-established set of structures governing how agencies come together to respond to keep people safe and well-informed during a major incident.

Since my last blog we haven’t had to scale back any more non-essential services and we are also maintaining the current level of essential services, focussing our resources on those services that protect and help the most vulnerable. As a result I am now sending out weekly press releases on the Council’s ongoing response to COVID-19 across the Borough – rather than daily updates. You can keep up to date by checking the Council’s official news page and social media channels.

Each day this week I have again held daily teleconference calls with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall and Julie Danks, the Council’s Managing Director to review the Council’s ongoing response to the virus.

As things are becoming increasingly stable I have been able to have several meetings with some of the Council’s Directors and Assistant Directors this week to get briefings about all the programmed work going on in their areas as well as receiving updates on how some of the work has been affected by the pandemic.  

For updates on all Coronavirus (COVID-19) related developments in Stockton-on-Tees – including health advice and disruptions to services – you can also visit the Council’s dedicated webpage

The fantastic community response to the pandemic led by Catalyst and the Borough’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, in conjunction with the Council, continues to do great work with more than a thousand residents helped with their shopping, prescriptions and other essentials. I’d like to once again take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard and volunteered their time to help others in need.

On Thursday afternoon I joined members of the Cabinet for a teleconference meeting to update colleagues about the Council’s ongoing response to the virus.

This afternoon Council Leaders, Mayors and Members of Parliament from across Cleveland Police’s patch will again take part in a teleconference meeting with Chief Constable Richard Lewis to hear how the Police are working to protect residents and enforce social distancing across the region.

I will also take part in a webinar with fellow Council Leaders and Chief Executives from across the country as we hear from Ministers and officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the latest COVID-19 updates.

I would also ask everyone to keep checking the NHS page on coronavirus for official health information and useful tips on how to stay healthy and active within your home.

My thoughts remain with everyone affected by COVID-19 during this tough time. Stay safe and thank you to everyone for their support and efforts as we work to fight this virus.