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North Yorkshire 'Holding Off' on Coronavirus

North Yorkshire 'Holding Off' on Coronavirus

Published by Jon Burke at 5:37pm 16th March 2020. (Updated at 5:38pm 16th March 2020)

Council leaders are holding off on implementing unprecedented measures over Coronavirus, but say contingency plans are being developed to protect key services.

Following a 50-minute conference call with the Secretary of State for local government, local authorities in North Yorkshire and Darlington said while councils elsewhere in the country had closed their buildings and asked staff to work from home they were still adopting a “business as usual” approach as far as possible.

Councillor Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said the authority would listen to government and expert advice on key services such as schools and social care and react accordingly and welcomed the government’s decision to hold a daily briefing session on the pandemic.

He said senior managers were working on detailed plans for the coming weeks and that the county’s large proportion of elderly residents was “a very big factor in our thinking”.

Cllr Les added:

“We are working with the local enterprise partnership to see what we can do to help business prepare for this situation and help them through it. We’re also working with Welcome to Yorkshire to help tourism businesses which need to get ready for later this year.”


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