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Test and Trace for Thurrock

3 July 2020
Thurrock Council is working with NHS Test and Trace to ensure anyone that has symptoms of Covid-19 is tested quickly and plans are in place to prevent the virus spreading in the borough.
In addition to the national testing programme, Thurrock Council’s Outbreak Control Plan sets out a local strategy to prevent and control Covid-19 in Thurrock, and is primarily focused on preventing, monitoring and reducing the spread of Covid-19 at a local level.

Stay alert and stay safe as more businesses open this weekend

2 July 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill is urging residents to stay alert as pubs, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and hairdressers are able re-open this weekend.
Cllr Gledhill said: "I am pleased to see that even more businesses are able to open as we continue making strides in beating this pandemic. I know many people are looking forward to having a drink or a meal out and visiting the hairdressers.

Leader urges all to stay alert ahead of shops reopening

12 June 2020
Thurrock Council's Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, is urging everyone to respect social distancing guidance when travelling to or visiting the high street as non-essential stores are set to reopen on Monday 15 June.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Our high streets and shopping areas are at the heart of our communities and I am pleased that residents will be able to return to their local shops to kickstart the high street back in to business as the pandemic lockdown eases.

Council meetings available online

2 June 2020
Thurrock Council will take advantage of video conferencing technology to enable certain council meetings to take place while ensuring social distancing rules are strictly followed.
Meetings will be held either:

Thurrock to receive payment from 'Reopening High Streets Safely Fund'

26 May 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has welcomed news that the council will receive over £155,000 from the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, to help kick-start the high street back in to business as the pandemic lockdown eases.
Cllr Gledhill said: "The government has done everything possible to keep residents safe and support business through this terrible pandemic. So far Thurrock businesses have benefited from nearly £60m of business rates relief, and Government has allocated over £23m in grants to help small businesses and those in the entertainment industry.

New initiative aims to inspire residents' creativity at home

4 May 2020
Thurrock Council and Stronger Together Thurrock are calling on residents to share their lockdown arts or cultural activities to help communities keep physically and mentally active.
The new online portal, Stronger Together Thurrock Arts and Culture, launched on Monday 4 May and aims to provide fun and stimulating activities for residents to make, watch and learn in isolation at home.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "We have seen some marvellous examples of what people are doing up and down the country and now it is time for Thurrock to shine.

Flag flies in Thurrock to honour our NHS

30 April 2020
A flag has been raised at Thurrock Council's Civic Offices in Grays this morning (Thursday 30 April) in support of the tireless dedication of NHS workers.
The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo, initiated the raising of the 'Thank you NHS' flag to acknowledge the commitment shown by key workers to protect and support the borough's residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Council leader warns against dumping used personal protective equipment

28 April 2020
Thurrock Council's Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, is calling on residents who use personal protective equipment (PPE) to be considerate and dispose of it safely and correctly, after gloves and face masks have been found on Thurrock's streets.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Discarded PPE in the borough is a real health hazard to Thurrock residents. PPE is not just being used to stop people catching coronavirus, but also to stop them spreading it. By littering PPE, it completely defeats the purpose for its use and there's a risk of spreading infection to local people and other frontline staff.

Road markings to thank the NHS

22 April 2020
A pair of special road markings to thank NHS workers for all they are doing to help and protect the people of Thurrock have been painted on the road outside Thurrock Hospital in Long Lane, Grays. Similar road markings are planned for Orsett tomorrow (Thursday 23 April).
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "We have all seen the fantastic rainbows in resident’s windows thanking the NHS for all they are doing at this time and we wanted to celebrate the extraordinary contribution being made by our NHS workers on a daily basis.

Advice given in Thurrock parks over the weekend

15 April 2020
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, Thurrock Council's Environmental Enforcement officers – in partnership with Essex Police – spoke with over 1,500 people to remind them of the government's social distancing rules and the advice to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.