|Wandsworth Council (COVID-19) Update|
Currently there are no services directly impacted by Coronavirus
The following statement has been released by the Council:
The safety and wellbeing of everyone who accesses council services and our staff is always our priority. We are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are taking steps to keep our communities safe.
Currently there are no services directly impacted by Coronavirus. All our libraries and sports centres remain open. See the below for a summary on a few actions we are taking. We will also update this web page, should any council services be impacted.
Council buildings and staff
Our buildings and services remain open as usual and are safe for visitors and staff.
Waste and recycling services
If you are displaying symptoms, personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin including communal bins.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. See government guidance for further information.
Care homes, vulnerable and older people
Businesses and employers
Find advice on decontamination for businesses, where a possible or confirmed Covid-19 case has spent time while symptomatic.
The Government announced at Budget 2020 a series of measures to support businesses experiencing increases in costs or financial disruptions . These include extensions to business rate reliefs for certain business rate payers. The council will provide further information on these reliefs on its web site once guidance has been received from Government.
Communities and the voluntary sector
There is no need to stop providing activities, events or services within communities, but organisers should continue good hygienic practices as advised by Public Health and display prominently the government’s Coronavirus poster.
“Officers at the council and our partners are working flat out to manage the situation and we have control measures in place to protect the public and reduce disruption.
“The Government and local authorities have planned extensively over the years for an event like this. We regularly practice and prepare our response to emergencies and follow tried and tested procedures to ensure that our staff and residents are protected.
“Contingency plans are already in place across council services, in line with national guidance.
“We urge all residents to keep an eye on the Government’s guidance which is regularly updated and covers a range of topics. You can also sign up to the council’s eNewsletter Brightside Online or follow the council on social media (@wandbc) for regular update on any impact on local services.
"In the meantime, we can all do our bit to help prevent the spread of the virus. The Government has advised that anyone with a "new, continuous" cough or high temperature to self-isolate for seven days. Schools have been advised to cancel trips abroad for children under 18 until further notice, and older people and those with pre-existing health concerns have been advised not to go on cruise ships.
There are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family. These include washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, including before preparing and eating food. Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands, if you cough or sneeze, put used tissues in the bin immediately and please avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning your hands first.
"You should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of your symptoms. After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 online.”
March 13, 2020