City Mayor reveals council plans for COVID-19 threat

by Molly Kerridge

Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby yesterday(ThursMARCH19) made a statement in the monthly council meeting regarding the plans towards the COVID-19 crisis.

There are now five confirmed cases in the city, it was revealed, although there may be more that have gone unnoticed.

Sir Peter said: “Our duty is now clear. A duty to protect loved ones, to protect neighbours, friends, to protect key workers and to protect our fellow citizens.”

The Mayor also revealed details of the measures the council are taking to help the people of Leicester during the pandemic.

He continued: “Be assured, we will continue, as we have already undertaken this week, to brief staff, to brief councillors, to brief the local media and to let the wider public know what we’re doing and how we are doing it.”

Measures such as closing De Montfort Hall indefinitely have already been put in place.

Leicester centres, libraries and museums were to remain open for the time being, but classes in them have been cancelled, and deep cleaning schedules have been established.

As well as this, the council can use emergency spending money to help manage the city during the crisis.

Sir Peter concluded: “There is no point pretending that the council’s responsibility to serve and protect people in the city won’t be severely tested. There are going to be some very difficult times ahead.

“I cannot pretend we have all the answer, but I can assure you and colleagues that we are asking the right questions and that whatever we do will be driven by that clear priority; to protect the vulnerable in our city.

“In these very difficult circumstances, Leicester will be at its best.”

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