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18.05.20

Meeting with Leeds Council leaders to discuss C-19 recovery

Council chiefs and leaders in Leeds are set to discuss the latest coronavirus response report and recovery plans in an online meeting tomorrow (Tues 19).

The executive board of Leeds City Council will analyse and consider the work being done to support recovery in the city as well as planning the delivery of work still to be done as lockdown measures start to ease.

Five key themes make up the council’s next phase of its approach; Safe travel, safe public spaces, safe delivery of services, safe education and safe working, with physical distancing a key priority.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:

“I’d like to again thank everyone in Leeds, our partners, the incredible NHS and healthcare workers, community volunteers and council officers for their amazing efforts during the challenges of the last two months.

“It really has been a monumental team effort with everyone playing their part, and that work and resilience must continue as we move on to the next phase of this crisis and the issues around resuming services and businesses safely in our city. The absolute priority remains on staying safe and saving lives, stay home and work from home if you can, only go to a workplace if you must and can do so safely, with everyone respecting social distancing at all times and using public transport only when necessary with a face covering.

“As we move into a third month of lockdown measures, we appreciate this is a very difficult time for everyone but it is vitally important we all follow the rules and remain committed to keeping ourselves and everyone else in our communities safe. 

“We must always remember that above all this is a human tragedy, behind every loss is a grieving family so our thoughts and condolences remain with them.”

The council’s response so far has included tens of thousands of free meals and food parcels for the most vulnerable in communities, over 5,000 active volunteers, who have answered more than 11,000 helpline calls, 6 million items of PPE delivered to care settings and £128m in grants to Leeds businesses.

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