Depute Council Leader Norman Hampshire has issued a message to communities across East Lothian regarding work the council and its partners is carrying out in the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation

Depute Council Leader Norman Hampshire said: “This is clearly a very serious situation and we want to reassure residents, businesses and our employees that we are following national government guidance, taking advice and working with our partners including Health Protection Scotland, the NHS and our health and social care partners at this very challenging time.

“As ever, the safety and wellbeing of East Lothian residents remains our top priority. I realise this may be a worrying time for many in our communities but please be assured we are monitoring the situation closely and have robust plans in place. 

“We have a duty of care to local people and our valued employees, while balancing the need to ensure we continue delivering critical services across our communities. We are taking actions to reduce service disruption as far as possible and will of course advise of any updates through communication channels including the dedicated page on our website and also social media.

“East Lothian’s businesses are vital to the success of the local economy and we will share information as and when we receive it and signpost firms to helpful support and resources including through Business Gateway, which can assist with a wide range of matters.

“I continue to be impressed by the dedication and commitment of our staff. I would also like to draw attention to, and thank, the resilient communities work being established throughout the county led by community councils to support those more vulnerable.”


Published: Wednesday, 18th March 2020