Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Vital work to maintain essential public services in Somerset is continuing during in what is an unprecedented time for our county and the country as a whole.

Somerset County Council is now in business continuity mode and is continuing to follow key advice from Government – we will keep you updated on a regular basis.

The Council is ensuring vital services are kept running while the spread of the virus is minimised.

Many of our current services will slow, withdraw or stop completely – we must focus our support on our most vulnerable residents.

Most council buildings are now closed, public meetings and events are postponed or moved online, and office-based staff are working from home.

Our schools have been closed to all pupils accept the children of key workers and those categorised as vulnerable.

Libraries are now closed and other areas, like registration services, areby appointment only.

Other frontline services, like adults and children’s social care, highways maintenance and our Somerset Direct Contact Centre, will support the public as normal.

Pat Flaherty, Chief Executive of Somerset County Council, said: “This is a fast-moving situation but we have well rehearsed plans and are fully prepared to continue delivering vital services – albeit sometimes in a different way.

“We will, of course, continue to look after the vulnerable and this will be our priority as the situation develops.”

For further information about Somerset County Council services and the latest updates, please visit our COVID-19 information section. The Somerset Direct Contact Centre remains open and can be contacted on 0300 123 2224.

Further guidance will be issued in coming days on plans for individual services and how any temporary changes may affect you.