Shropshire Council closes all offices with immediate effect #coronavirus

Our country and county are shutting around us. All Shropshire Council buildings are closed from tonight.

We cannot press a pause button on the council’s operations. There are essential services that must keep running and vulnerable people to support. I am not suggesting the council can’t continue operating. It will. The council has been working for years to ensure that staff can work remotely. Many staff have already been working from home for several days.

But this will be a challenging test of how effectively Shropshire Council’s staff and councillors can work remotely. But we live in challenging times.

Statement from Shropshire Council

Following the latest Coronavirus Guidance from the Government – particularly in relation to social distancing, Shropshire Council has made the decision to close all of its buildings to the public from tonight (Monday 23 March) until further notice. This will be reviewed regularly as the situation continues to develop and Government gives further direction.

This is to protect our residents, customers and our staff and we encourage people to contact us via telephone, email or via our website. We have set up a number of helplines so that the public can contact us directly if they need help or support during these difficult times. We will also shortly be setting up hubs in the community and will announce further details as soon as possible.

Shropshire Council will continue to provide essential services to our communities. We, like every council, are looking at different ways of this doing this in line with the current Government guidelines.

We strongly encourage all residents to follow the Government guidelines on social distancing and staying at home. Please also keep up-to-date with the latest Government news and advice at gov.uk/coronavirus.

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