ECC responds to latest Government guidance and volunteering

ECC responds to latest Government guidance and volunteering

Yesterday (Monday 23 March), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that police and relevant authorities will be given powers to enforce new measures to keep people at home, to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

These new measures require people to stay at home, except in very limited circumstances, which Essex County Council fully supports.

Last week we set up a Coronavirus Action Group on Facebook, working with local community Facebook group admins to share information, offer advice and create a group of volunteers willing to help those in need during this uncertain time.

Over 3,000 people have already registered as volunteers. We would encourage people to continue to sign up.

The Council is urging people to follow the guidance, and stay at home to protect themselves and others.

If you do want to continue to support your neighbours and family, please remember the social distancing rules. Don’t go into other people’s houses and leave supplies on doorsteps if needed.

We also want to ensure that volunteers don’t do more harm than good. Gatherings will only spread the virus. Work is underway to understand how we can continue to support communities and keep people safe.

We will post updates in the coming days via the Essex Coronavirus Action Facebook group

The latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the Public Health England (PHE) and NHS websites.

Last updated 24 March 2020