Council Update - Wednesday 18 March 2020

on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

Salisbury City Council is continuing to monitor all government advice with regard to the Coronavirus, and we are assessing its impact on the Council services, our residents and our staff team.

The Council is committed to operating Business as Usual within the limitations of government guidance.

The Guildhall will close its front door to unrestricted visitors from Thursday 19 Mar onwards – visitors are directed to ring or email the Council or go to the Info Centre if urgent. This is to support the government’s measure to promote social distancing and limit our staff’s contact with visitors.

Shop Mobility will be open for equipment hire by appointment only – this will allows users to continue to access our equipment and limit our staff’s contact with visitors. The Customer Services team at this location will continue to answer the telephone and respond to email enquiries in their usual manner.

The Information Centre will close to unrestricted face to face visitors from Thu 19 March - this is to support the government’s measure to promote social distancing and limit our staff contact with visitors. The Customer Services team will continue to answer the telephone and respond to email enquiries. They will also be able to assist members of the public who come to the Info Centre in person where possible, but in line with current social distancing strategies and limiting non-essential contact.

The Charter Market is operating as normal to give residents access to food items and all their usual favourite stalls. This will be under continuous review as the situation develops.

Events in March, April and May have been postponed or cancelled – this includes St George’s Day and VJ/VE Day Commemorations. Events in June are under continuous review. These decisions have been made to support the government’s measures to promote social distancing, and in light of the expected reduction in footfall to these events

The Crematorium is operating as usual with some restriction for services in line with current social distance policies. Please contact your funeral director or the Crematorium officers if you have any queries about a service taking place.

Some Council Meetings will be cancelled – please see our website for details.

Community Support – Cllr Liz Sirman, Chairman of the Communities Working Group, and our communities team are helping to act as facilitator, sign-poster and connector, allowing individuals to make contact with community groups and others offering local community support. We will be working closely with Wessex Community Action who are already very active in this area of work. Please get in touch with the Communities Team if you have are part of a community group so we can assist you where possible.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Jeremy Nettle said “These are unprecedented times for us locally and nationally. The City Council is continuing to work to support its local community as much as we can. Have a look at our website for more Community information and please look after your neighbours and friends, (as I know some of you are) to use a familiar slogan, ‘Is your neighbour going to bed hungry?’ If we can all care for each other, than we can get through this together.”