As I’m sure you are aware, on Saturday the Prime Minister announced a month-long national ‘lockdown’ in England beginning on Thursday (5 November) following a surge in coronavirus cases across the country, including in Derbyshire. The extra lockdown measures will replace the current Tier 2 ‘high alert’ restrictions across the county.
I wanted to let you know that your Executive Directors are currently working through the detail of the announcement and how they will affect some areas of our council business from Thursday.
What is clear, though, is that our essential services will remain open - schools, social care and other vital frontline services - to ensure children and young people can continue to learn and vulnerable people are supported.
If you are currently working at home you should of course continue to do so. If you are a frontline employee you should expect to continue to carry out your vital duties in the community. If there needs to be any adjustments to the way you work in your particular role, your department will be in touch with you next week when more detail about the lockdown restrictions become available.
I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you for continuing to do such an amazing job for the people of Derbyshire in these trying times. I’m also aware that this second lockdown will have a personal impact on many of us and our families and I can assure you that the council will do all it can to continue to support your health and well-being.