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Coronavirus: The essential daily briefing for Cambridgeshire - March 26

Coronavirus essential daily briefing
Coronavirus essential daily briefing

Cambridgeshire County Council has released its daily briefing with a round-up of any changes to its services.

The briefing for Thursday, March 26, takes into account the latest government announcements.

Public health advice

Dr Liz Robin, director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, is sharing a regular video blog to explain advice about dealing with the coronavirus.

Road projects across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The decision has been made to close down all project sites in order to protect the workforce and the public.

The council will makes its sites safe and close down after taking advice, speaking to contractors, assessing the staffing issues due to Covid-19, a number of supply chain partners already beginning to withdraw and also wanting to keep roads open and available for key workers and emergencies.

Dutch style roundabout (32443612)
Dutch style roundabout (32443612)

This includes:

  • The Dutch-style roundabout project in Cambridge and the King’s Dyke advance work.
  • The A15 junction 18, Rhubarb Bridge works will complete tomorrow (Friday) as planned, with just minor finishing elements such as landscaping to follow at a later date.

All emergency, safety critical work and essential maintenance will continue and resources will be prioritised for this to be carried out.

Cllr Steve Count, leader at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is absolutely vital we all follow the advice from government and stay at home.

"We have assessed this impact on our highway services contracts and the ability to deliver on the ground and adopt a managed approach to the tightening restrictions and reduce risk. That is why both councils have taken this decision.”

Helping provide schools and early years settings with clear information

The council has been working with schools and early years settings to adjust to the ever-changing climate and answer questions to the most commonly-discussed topics.

Jonathan Lewis, service director for education at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, said: “We have been working hard to provide schools and early years settings with clear information to help them navigate the ever-changing situation.

"Yesterday (March 25), we wrote to our heads and leaders to share a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, which we complied based on the intelligence we have gathered from working closely with schools and trust leaders, and through our daily meetings with the Department for Education.

"We will keep these updated on a daily basis. With regard to free school meals in particular, we have been working hard with schools to put in place plans to continue our provision, so those families in receipt do not lose out.

"A government scheme was planned for vouchers but this has been delayed.Unfortunately, we have been told about a scam where fraudsters have targeted parents so I want to reiterate, if you do receive an email asking for your bank details in relation to this, do not give them over, just delete the email straight away.”

As of yesterday (Wednesday, March 25), only two per cent of school children registered in Cambridgeshire were in attendance, while in Peterborough this was 1 per cent.

The government has launched its free WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service. Parents and the public are encouraged to sign up to receive trustworthy and timely general information and advice about the coronavirus.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

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