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City council response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

News release from 17/03/2020

THE senior team at Cambridge City Council is undertaking emergency planning work with staff and partner organisations on maintaining key council services.

This includes working together with other Cambridgeshire councils and the NHS to help protect local residents.

City council services will prioritise people in greatest need of support including those who currently depend on the council. We will also look at how we can best support the community to support each other.

The council’s focus and actions are aligned with national advice, now being updated day to day, that is centred on encouraging more and more people to stay home and reduce social contact.

The council is developing robust contingency plans to address the likely impact of the coronavirus epidemic on its services.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “The welfare of everyone living and working in Cambridge is our priority. Our focus, as always, remains on those who are most vulnerable and in need of our help.

“The situation is developing quickly and we are assessing all of our services this week, especially those that protect the public, as the developing emergency increasingly affects us all.

“The council will continue to adapt services, focusing on protecting public heath and vulnerable people as our top priorities. We also have obligations in protecting our own staff, and those will be our priority too.

“We will also continue to share national advice with the public including coronavirus guidance updates from the government and NHS (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance)

“Residents can make a real difference in curbing the spread of the virus and we can together significantly reduce its impact.”

The council has announced today that all events at Cambridge Corn Exchange due to take place in March have been postponed.

A council spokesperson said: “We would like to reassure all our customers that each and every one will be contacted directly by the box office regarding all cancelled or postponed shows.

“We will advise about new dates and refunds, which will be available in all instances of a postponed or cancelled event.

“We would kindly ask that customers do not contact our Box Office in relation to shows not taking place.

“We are currently working with a large number of promoters and producers and we will be in touch with you as soon as we are able. Please remember to check junk email filters.

“In the meantime, social media and the website are being continually updated with information as each show is cancelled or postponed.”

Corn Exchange customers can find out about the status of upcoming events at: www.cornex.co.uk and follow @CambridgeCornEx on Twitter and @Cambridgecornexchange on Facebook.

Updates about other services will be posted to the council’s website at www.cambridge.gov.uk in the days and weeks ahead.