CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Basildon Council service and information updates
Latest national COVID-19 restrictions announced on Monday 4 January 2021; Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. To reduce the spread of the virus, the whole of England has entered a national lockdown with immediate effect. Restrictions will be put into law later this week.
At the Staffing Matters and Review Sub-Committee today (Friday 18 December), amendments were agreed to the Additional Support Grant (ARG) Scheme to help as many businesses involved in the hospitality and leisure sectors as possible through the Christmas period and the impact of Tier 3 restrictions.
Following the announcement that Basildon, along with most of Essex will move into Tier 3 (very high level) restrictions from Wednesday 16 December, The Leader of Basildon Council, Councillor Gavin Callaghan said: "This never needed to happen. We knew three weeks ago that our R rates across Essex were going in the wrong direction. I called for schools to be closed early - I called for workplace testing to be introduced, and we ended up with dithering and procrastination from the Government and Essex County Council. I know that it took from the 26th November until the 8thDecember to get LFT testing up and running and the tests haven't been targeted in the right areas.
From today (Tuesday 8 December), Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust began offering COVID vaccinations at Basildon Hospital as part of the NHS vaccination programme involving 50 hubs across the country. The first group of people who are eligible for the vaccine are those aged 80 or over, who they are contacting via text message.
The Leader of Basildon Council Councillor Gavin Callaghan has welcomed Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) for borough residents but says it could have been done sooner and we now need to focus on closing schools early for Christmas to stop the spread of the virus.