Leeds City Council Approach to Covid Recovery Plan

Cllr Blake sets out the key messages in response to the Government's Covid Recovery Plan

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, has provided the following advice in response to the Prime Minister’s public statement on Sunday evening and the subsequent publication of Our Plan to Rebuild which details further advice on the next stage of the national pandemic response.

Gaining insight into the national strategy will be an important part of enabling us to work up a more detailed picture of what recovery in Leeds will look like. The phased national approach set out by Government can now be reflected in the approach we take to ensure a safe city and deliver a strong economic recovery in a manner that does not compromise the resilience and integrity of our health and social care system.

Locally, we will need everyone to play their part for the city to run safely, to comply with guidance so we can build trust and confidence.

This means: 
  • Safe travel, ensuring the safe use of highways and public transport and encouraging active travel where possible.
  • Safe public spaces in communities, district centres and the city centre.
  • Safe delivery of services including health and social care, and other public services.
  • Safe education as more children and young people return to schools, colleges and nurseries.
  • Safe working, with physical distancing in workplaces and coordination between large employers in the city to avoid peaks of movement.
 If we move too fast and create the circumstances that require a second period of lockdown this crucial trust and confidence could be irreparably damaged. To make sure this does not happen our communication with the public must be clear and easy to understand.

Currently our message to communities during this transitional period are:
  • Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Stay at home if you can.  
  • Work at home if you can. 
  • You can go to work if you can maintain social distancing. 
  • You should limit contact with other people. 
  • Continue to stay at home if you are shielded. ·
  • Only use public transport where you need to.