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Message from Gateshead Council Leader, Martin Gannon

Martin Gannon re Coronavirus

The coronavirus is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. I want to reassure Gateshead residents and businesses that we are doing everything we can to tackle this with a focus on the health and wellbeing of our communities.

The Council has a plan in place, and we are working through this along with key partners such as Public Health England, the NHS, police, fire service and the Government.

We are prioritising essential services and reviewing our operations daily. We will put in place the required measures needed to support our communities in helping to delay the peak of the infection. This is to ensure that our health and care services have the best possible chance of providing high quality care to all those who need it.

Following the latest government guidance all schools will close their doors from Friday afternoon for most children, for the foreseeable future. The Government has asked schools to make specific provision to those children of key workers such as health, care and the police.

However, in order to free up staff to focus on essential services for our residents we have taken the difficult decision to close our leisure centres and St Mary's Heritage Centre. Our library services will be reduced to ensure those receiving benefits can still access our computers for free.

We do need all local people to act and follow the advice being given from the Government and Public Health England.

  • Wash your hands more than usual and for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap.
  • Anyone with symptoms such as a new, continuous cough or high temperature should stay at home for at least seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got the symptoms, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

This situation is unlike anything we have faced before. I understand these changes to everyday life will be challenging, especially when we don't know how long this will last.

We will regularly update our website with the latest information and guidance. You can sign up for updates direct to your email or follow Gateshead Council on Facebook and Twitter.

It is an anxious time for everybody but across Gateshead I'm aware communities are coming together to tackle this. I am already overwhelmed by the number of people supporting family, friends and neighbours and offering to volunteer and help out where they can.

By being kind and supporting each other - together we can get through this challenging time.

Councillor Martin Gannon

Martin Gannon re Coronavirus
18 March 2020

The coronavirus is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. I want to reassure Gateshead residents and businesses that we are doing everything we can to tackle this with a focus on the health and wellbeing of our communities.

The Council has a plan in place, and we are working through this along with key partners such as Public Health England, the NHS, police, fire service and the Government.

We are prioritising essential services and reviewing our operations daily. We will put in place the required measures needed to support our communities in helping to delay the peak of the infection. This is to ensure that our health and care services have the best possible chance of providing high quality care to all those who need it.

Following the latest government guidance all schools will close their doors from Friday afternoon for most children, for the foreseeable future. The Government has asked schools to make specific provision to those children of key workers such as health, care and the police.

However, in order to free up staff to focus on essential services for our residents we have taken the difficult decision to close our leisure centres and St Mary's Heritage Centre. Our library services will be reduced to ensure those receiving benefits can still access our computers for free.

We do need all local people to act and follow the advice being given from the Government and Public Health England.

  • Wash your hands more than usual and for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap.
  • Anyone with symptoms such as a new, continuous cough or high temperature should stay at home for at least seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got the symptoms, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

This situation is unlike anything we have faced before. I understand these changes to everyday life will be challenging, especially when we don't know how long this will last.

We will regularly update our website with the latest information and guidance. You can sign up for updates direct to your email or follow Gateshead Council on Facebook and Twitter.

It is an anxious time for everybody but across Gateshead I'm aware communities are coming together to tackle this. I am already overwhelmed by the number of people supporting family, friends and neighbours and offering to volunteer and help out where they can.

By being kind and supporting each other - together we can get through this challenging time.

Councillor Martin Gannon

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