County Council to re-focus activity to support critical services

19 March 2020

Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, Councillor Kay Cutts MBE

“These are extraordinary circumstances we are facing that will impact on all aspects of our lives as we respond to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“This emergency will test us all. We know that people will be anxious about how they will stay safe and live their lives, work and care for their families during these difficult times.

“I can assure you that this council is working tirelessly to make sure that every provision is made so that the most vulnerable people are safe and receive the support and assurances they need.

“We are following Government advice and whatever measures we take they will be geared towards protecting our most vulnerable residents, our local communities and our workforce. Our services will reflect advice in relation to gathering in groups and social distancing

We are working with service providers to ensure that critical front- line services continue to be delivered to vulnerable people.

“As we prioritise the most essential services for elderly, vulnerable people and our most vulnerable children we will have to divert resource away from other areas. Our workforce is having to adapt to new ways of working and learn new skills. We thank them for their resilience and hard work at this challenging time..

 “We remain in contact with our NHS partners, Government departments and with our District Council partners and are working together to support our communities to respond to the Pandemic in any way we can.

“The Council has set aside a fund of £1million which will be used to help support the communities’ efforts to respond and provide for those who are most in need. We will provide more details of this in the coming days.

“Our urgent priority for now is to make sure we continue to provide essential support through our Adults and Children’s social care functions and other public health commissioned services. “

Latest update on buildings, services and events impacted

Youth Services – The Service remains open but will be focussed on assisting and supporting individual young people through face to face meetings and by telephone and other technology. Our usual group sessions will not be going ahead.  

Country Parks – Visitor facilities at Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest, Bestwood and Holme Pierrepont Country Parks will close over the weekend until further notice.  Free public access to country parks themselves will continue, and we encourage people to continue to visit, whilst observing social distancing advice.

Outdoor Education – The Council’s sites at Hagg Farm and Hathersage in Derbyshire, and at Perlethorpe will close from 23 March until further notice.

Libraries  - All libraries and archives venues will close to the public with effect from 23 March. Adult, community and family learning classes will cease too as will 16-18 Study Programmes and arts. More information can be found at

Children’s Centres  - All group activities and general public access will cease from 23 March until further notice.  Individual appointments may still proceed in some locations.

Day Services – We will not  be providing group support through day centres from Monday 23 March. Day care and support will continue to be provided for people. We will work with individuals and families to work out how best to do this in their own home or in the community.

Registration Services

  • Anyone registering a birth or a death should do so in the usual way
  • Weddings - we are writing to all couples who have arranged weddings to urge them to postpone their arrangements or to limit visitors

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