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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Dorset Council's response to COVID-19

Dorset Council is working with NHS partners to take all the necessary steps to contain and delay the virus and to ensure we are well prepared for any potential spread. 

Preventative measures

We have supplied or are in the process of providing hand soap and hand sanitiser to all our buildings, particularly those which are public facing like libraries, country parks and our reception areas.

We are also sharing messages with our workforce and residents as to how they can help minimise the spread of germs and the coronavirus in Dorset. These include:

  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and water
  • try to avoid contact with people who are unwell

What is the council doing to minimise risk?

It is important to note that NHS services and Public Health are well prepared for outbreaks of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Dorset Council is also well prepared. 

An internal Incident Management Team (IMT) has been established and includes representatives from across Dorset Council. This IMT is set up to meet weekly and feeds into the weekly local resilience forum’s Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG). 

Business continuity

We are making sure our business continuity plans are up to date and ready to activate should we need them. Business continuity planning includes enabling employees to work flexibly.

We are following advice from Public Health England and are reassured that the risk is still low to communities in the Dorset Council area. 

More information

Members of the public can find more information about coronavirus on the NHS website

Public Health England has published information and advice on coronavirus COVID-19.

Travel advice in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 is available.

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