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Coronavirus: County Council providing Easter relief operation

Coronavirus: County Council providing Easter relief operation

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 3:07pm 7th April 2020.

Ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend, North Yorkshire County Council are asking people to be prepared.

  • The council is going to be making deliveries for people who are isolated and vulnerable across the county.
  • However, they are also warning that people should be prepared ahead of the weekend.
  • While some shops will be open, others are likely to close for the bank holiday.

Ahead of the Easter Weekend, North Yorkshire County Council have announced plans to support those in the area who are vulnerable or isolated.

The council will be running a relief service, delivering shopping, prescriptions and other essentials.

However, they are asking people to be prepared and plan, to enable them to cope.

We're being warned that while some shops will remain open, some will close or operate on reduced hours for the bank holiday.

Gary Fielding, the county council's Director of Strategic Resources said:

“We are working with 23 community support organisations alongside partners and the voluntary sector to help people who don’t have local support networks.

"But our volunteers who have been working flat out and our incredible community support organisations will be taking a well-deserved break to recharge ready for next week."

The county council customer service centre is now open seven days a week and will continue to take calls from people who need help and support across the bank holiday weekend.

Sarah Foley is the council's Customer Service Centre manager:

The council is also contacting people who have been told to stay at home because they are in the most vulnerable groups, to make sure they are getting the help they need.

Gary Fielding continued:

“Some shops may also be closed and delivery services might not be running, so think ahead about what you might need.

"We have staff and extra volunteers ready to help meet any additional demand and as far as possible to make sure nobody slips through the net, but we are also asking those affected to do some forward planning.”

People in need of help or who will need the county council to support vulnerable friends and neighbours should call North Yorkshire County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780.  The centre is open seven days a week 8am-5:30pm.