Increased funding for care providers, and re-opening of tips and country park carparks

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I said that we would do everything it takes to protect our communities and our vulnerable residents. Supporting our care sector to help manage the impact of the crisis has been and remains a key part of this.

Funding to the sector has now increased to £20m and is supporting a raft of measures to ease the pressure on care homes and care providers.  Ensuring those who need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) most, such as our frontline workers, has been essential in fighting the pandemic. As such, this funding will help with the distribution of more than 700,000 free emergency items such as gloves, masks and aprons, to ensure every care home in Staffordshire has what it needs.

With some of the travel restrictions now being lifted, from today, we will also see the reopening of our recycling centres. We know these have been a much-missed service during the lockdown as people no doubt have been decorating their houses and doing extra work in their gardens.  We are expecting lots of visitors to the sites, so we’re asking people in the early days, to only visit if it’s a priority.  Please be patient and follow the new rules put in place to adhere to social distancing.

We’re also introducing a phased reopening of county council’s country park car parks. This follows the Government’s updated guidance on exercising and staying safe during the pandemic.

While we appreciate that people will be keen to get out and about, social distancing remains critical and why we’re asking people to continue following the ‘two metres apart’ rule and stay alert to passing the virus on.   Please note that some facilities at the country parks will also remain closed, like toilets as well as visitor centres and children’s playgrounds.

Even though it may seem like we’ve moved past the worst part of this pandemic, it’s important that we continue to follow the official Public Health England advice on Coronavirus to ensure we don’t see a rise in the number of cases.

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