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 (Tuesday September 22):
- Drugs Action Plan update;
- Union Street pedestrianisation project to continue into 2021;
- Residents warned about scam callers charging for Coronavirus tests.
Actions to tackle Dundee drugs deaths following the report of a specially-convened commission are to be outlined to councillors, alongside details of how services have responded to the coronavirus crisis by providing “innovative initiatives and new ways of working”.
Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee, which meets on Monday September 28, will consider a progress report on implementation of the Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership – Action Plan for Change.
The Dundee Partnership - made up of representatives from key local public agencies, academic institutions and representatives of the business, voluntary and community sector - published the action plan last year following the report of the Dundee Drugs Commission.
The latest progress report to councillors details a number of achievements, and outlines how services across agencies have adapted in the face of the pandemic and given “immediate and flexible responses to emerging issues”.
Elsewhere, Dundee’s Union Street was closed to through traffic in July as part of the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People programme to create extra room to follow physical distancing guidelines and help to avoid a second peak of the virus.
Now 84% of traders say that the changes have been positive for the street, with 62% saying it has been good for their business. In the survey carried out on behalf of Dundee City Council, retailers in Union Street also report 68% of their customers saying that they are more positive about the area.
Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “The traffic ban in Union Street has been well received by businesses who, despite some people’s initial scepticism, are seeing the benefits and reporting increased interest in the area.
“Keeping vehicles off the street was a way of doing something different to try to open it up to locals and visitors so that they had more time and space to use the shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes.
“It has gone down so well that the street will remain closed to through traffic until the end of January, but we will continue monitoring the change carefully and engaging with businesses over the coming months.”
Meanwhile, residents are being warned of fake callers pretending to work for Test and Protect in an attempt to con individuals into paying for a Covid-19 test.
Covid-19 tests are free and will remain free for those who need them. Legitimate Test and Protect staff members will never ask individuals for their financial information and will never attempt to sell anything.
Staff members will only ask about where the contact has been and details of people they have been with. Prior to phoning, the individual will receive a text from NHS Scotland. The phone call will always come from 0800 030 8012. Concerns about calls received can be reported to Advice Direct Scotland.
The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.
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