Dundee charts path for Phase One of route map

Dundee charts path for Phase One of route map Image

Dundee City Council is working with its partners and the public to help implement phase one of the easing of Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

A number of changes to services are taking place following confirmation from the Scottish Government that the country can enter the first phase of its route map.

Throughout these gradual changes, physical distancing and hygiene measures will remain in place, and the safety of staff and citizens will be paramount.

The Council’s response includes the reopening today of recycling centres for essential purposes only and the phased resumption of ground maintenance services including grass cutting. Preparations for the reopening of schools in August is also under way.

Details of all changes to services are available via a dedicated section on the Council website.

Council leader Councillor John Alexander said: “It is important that we start working towards the new normal, including the safe resumption of some services.

“However, the public will understand that this needs to be a gradual process, in line with Government guidelines and with the health and wellbeing of staff and service users at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

“This is only phase one of a process. Lockdown is not over, it is just being eased, and we all must continue to do our bit to prevent the spread of this terrible virus.”

The government’s route map permits the reopening of household waste recycling centres as part of phase one, and facilities at Riverside and Baldovie reopened in a restricted capacity this morning.

These centres are open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Sunday, and must only be used for essential purposes. Full details are available on the Council website - members of the public are encouraged to read this information before planning a visit.

Phase one of the route map also permits the phased return of grounds maintenance services, including grass cutting which resumed today.

A priority-based system will be in operation, with key areas including cemeteries, sheltered housing and road junctions being the focus of the first phase. More information can be found here.

Meanwhile, temporary measures are being rolled out to support active travel and adherence to physical distancing.

These include 20mph zones, road closure to vehicular traffic and temporary measures to reduce through traffic in areas where there are higher levels of pedestrian and cycling activity.

Phase one also relaxes some restrictions on how business can operate, and the Council will support a safe return. Contractors carrying out construction work, for example, will initially focus only on tasks that will maintain physical distancing.

Dundee City Council, as with all local authorities, shares responsibilities with other bodies such as Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in working together to ensure compliance in workplaces and businesses.

  • Police Scotland has sole responsibility under the regulations for dealing with restrictions on movement and public gatherings;
  • The HSE remains the regulator for premises including manufacturing, construction, waste and sites subject to major hazards legislation;
  • The Council is the main regulator for retail, wholesale distribution and warehousing, hotel and catering premises, offices, and the consumer/leisure industries.

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, staff are due to return to schools this month to prepare for the new session beginning in August.

The Council is working to identify dates this month when some children and young people can come into school for support ahead of the new term.

A phased return of all children and young people is being planned for August. This involves considering all public health advice, particularly around physical distancing, to ensure that when children return, they are accommodated safely in schools and nurseries.

Attendance at school for primary and secondary pupils is likely to be on a part-time, rota basis. During that phased return, when children are not in school, they will continue to have access to learning at home, through digital online approaches or packs of learning resources.

Councillor Alexander added: “We are continuing to work with our partners to safely restore key services in line with the latest guidance and plan for the later phases of the route map.

“We will provide updates on changes via the Council website and our social media channels as we move through phase one and beyond in the coming weeks.

“The patience and support of the public is appreciated. By working together, continuing to follow the latest public health advice and looking after one another, we can find our new normal and start to build back better.”

The Scottish Government route map gives details of a gradual, four-phase move out of lockdown.

It gives practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time. It also highlights some of the things that won’t change for a while, including the continuing need for enhanced public health measures such as physical distancing.

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