Hampshire County Council has emphasised its priority will be on providing critical services for Hampshire residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said:
We have been working on our business continuity plans for some weeks now, alongside our partners, to help prepare us for what we know will be a long and difficult period. Therefore, our focus must be on how we can deliver frontline services, on behalf of the residents of Hampshire, especially to those who need us most – over a sustained period. Our planning considers how we will ensure sufficient levels of staffing to keep things running and to maximise all available resource to meet demand.
I understand that many people are concerned about how best to protect themselves and their families – we continue to promote the Government’s important and updated messages on social distancing and hygiene .
We recognise that the volunteering community will play an increasingly important role as more people self-isolate. We’re working closely with our Voluntary and Community Sector partners to help co-ordinate and mobilise those efforts, together with Hampshire District, Parish and Town Councils.
I would also like to reassure residents that, as the Public Health Authority for Hampshire, we are working closely with Public Health England, and all of our partners to ensure we remain in a good position to respond rapidly to changing advice from Government. Whatever happens, our focus is to ensure critical local services to Hampshire residents are maintained.
For more information, please go to: www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus