Cheshire West and Chester Council Letter

Importance: High

Letter for event organisers

I know you will all share concerns about the spread of Covid-19 around the world.   We are now seeing our first confirmed cases in Cheshire. Across the UK the virus, and our response to it, is moving into a new phase.

The Council is at the forefront of the response.  We are part of a network of public bodies, working together to ensure we protect the public and defeat the virus over time.  We are working closely with partners in the NHS to ensure the most vulnerable people are protected as far as possible and are helping to ensure that messages to the public are clear and consistent.  We are also in regular touch with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer. 

We want to make sure that you as event organisers have the most up to date information and the latest guidance from Government. This will allow you to make informed decisions sensitive to everyone’s aim of protecting our residents and delaying the spread of the virus.

Last night Government issued new guidance around social distancing which can be found here:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-mass-gatherings. Government’s recommendation is that all mass gatherings should now no longer take place, a position supported by the Council.

We recognise that there are smaller events taking place within the borough that could also be classed as high risk. The decision as to whether these events should continue sits with you as the organiser. However, if the event is not absolutely necessary and may attract some of the more vulnerable members of our community, we are asking you to err on the side of caution and decide that it should not take place.

This position applies to all events taking place in west Cheshire between 17 March and the 31 May at this time. This will be reviewed in May and could be extended.

We are advising all event organisers to communicate to people attending an event, nowthat gatherings should be avoided. Events should communicate this at the earliest opportunity.

Useful information

Anyone with flu-symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.
For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed.

Lisa Harris

Director Place Strategy

Cheshire West and Chester Council