Coronavirus Update

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Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.

As of today (Friday November 20):

Dundee’s civic leaders today thanked residents for helping prevent the spread of Coronavirus by sticking with Protection Level 3 restrictions.

The city remains at Level 3 as the latest review by the Scottish Government comes into effect today (FRIDAY). Neighbouring local authorities are also at Level 3.

Since the new measures, including restrictions on non-essential travel within and outwith the city and on mixing with other households, came into effect, good progress has been made in reducing the spread of the virus.

The number of cases in the city has fallen since the decision was taken to introduce Level 3 restrictions in Dundee.

Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, and Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said they were “encouraged” by how the city had responded to the challenges of Level 3 restrictions. 

Lord Provost Borthwick said: “I want to thank everyone for their efforts thus far. It has been incredibly heartening to see people’s acts of kindness and compassion as the city looks to make progress in suppressing the virus.

“I know it has not been easy. Everyone is playing a part, from individuals and families to the business community which is constantly and creatively responding to new challenges.”

Today sees travel restrictions preventing residents from making non-essential journeys into and out of their Level 3 local authority area pass into law.

City residents should therefore only travel outside of Dundee for an essential purpose - such as work or caring responsibilities. More information on travel and other restrictions can be found on the Council website FAQs page.

Dundee City Council Leader John Alexander said: “I know these are incredibly difficult times for everyone.

“We must take some comfort in the recent positive news on vaccines. It certainly is starting to feel like light is appearing at the end of the tunnel.

“Whilst this is all fantastic news, I would urge everyone to be patient and not to get ahead of themselves. There is still a long way to go on this journey and it is imperative that we abide by the rules in the meantime, with the knowledge that things will get better.

“All of this is important so that by Christmas we might be in a better position to enjoy the festivities.”

Meanwhile, work has started to deliver four types of project funded by a second Spaces for People bid to make it safer for walking or cycling for commuting, essential trips and exercise.

A £2m application to Sustrans to back upgrading the Green Circular, connecting schools and communities, pop-up cycle lanes on commuter routes and measures around physical distancing in District Centres was agreed earlier this year.

The charity distributing funds on behalf of the Scottish Government endorsed the second request following the success of the first Spaces for People projects in the city, and have continued to work closely with the council in the planning and use of the funds.

Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City council’s city development committee said: “I am pleased to see that the preparation work is well underway on what are another set of exciting and interesting projects.

“It takes safe active travel for pedestrians, wheelers and cyclists during the Covid period out to more areas across the city and broadens the scope of measures already in place.”

The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.

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