Coronavirus update

Published: Wednesday, 18th March 2020

As we continue to respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are able to provide an update on plans for the response in our communities.

General service updates

Learning disability day centres

All SBCares learning disability day centres will close until further notice. SBCares is working closely with the Learning Disability team as well as other services and providers to ensure that any individuals with essential support needs will continue to receive appropriate support while the day centres are closed.

Homecare service

Every effort is being made to deliver our home care service as normal. Staff are following guidance issued by the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland to ensure strict infection control procedures are in place so services can continue to be provided.

What Matters Hubs

All What Matters Hub drop in sessions are being cancelled from Thursday 19 March until further notice. Information and advice about health and social care services is still available from Customer Advice and Support Services on 0300 100 1800. Carers can contact the Borders Carers Centre for support and advice.

Businesses

We are acutely aware of the immediate pressure on businesses from COVID-19. The Government has made a range of announcements about support for businesses and as soon as we receive more guidance on this and are able to publish detailed advice on these measures we will do so. We will also then be able to judge what further support we may be able to provide.

Schools

Schools remain open in line with national guidance. We are monitoring pupil attendance and staffing levels in schools. As outlined yesterday, all school residential and day trips are now suspended.

Licensed events

While our licensing team continues to accept and issue licences for events across the Borders, organisers should consider government advice on social gatherings during the ongoing COVID-19 response.

Further information

Information and updates on COVID-19 and our response are available on our website. 

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

"We are aware of many groups being established locally to help friends and neighbours who are self-isolating.

"These initiatives and the sense of community and resilience during this difficult situation are really important.

"The Council is currently creating plans to ensure that the community response is co-ordinated locally and local residents who want to help are also protected.

"The Council has today contacted Resilient Communities groups to request more information and ask if they are willing to coordinate local volunteers to offer support within their community.

"More details will be coming out in the next few days of key contacts in each locality and volunteers, and those requiring help can be put in touch with them.

"Residents are asked to continue to check in with elderly neighbours and relatives and those you think might need help but please also observe the guidance on social distancing and handwashing."