Thurrock Council continues to follow national government guidance and expert public health advice while putting business continuity plans into place to make sure critical services are delivered whilst still adhering to clear advice on social distancing.
In reviewing the new national government guidance, which was issued yesterday evening (Monday, 16 March), the council can confirm that from Wednesday 18 March, Thameside Theatre will be closed and all performances cancelled. In addition, and also in line with advice from governing bodies in sport, the council's sports pitches will not be available to book. These decisions will be subject to review as the advice and situation changes.
Any further changes made in the coming days to other services the council provides will be communicated via the council's website and social media channels as well as directly to the public through the local press.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I would like to reassure our residents that Thurrock Council is well prepared for what could be many weeks of impacts due to the coronavirus. Not only is the council in regular contact with Public Health England and following the latest advice and guidance for social distancing and for the other services we provide, our public health team is advising all services on the impact of this virus.
"We have business continuity plans in place to ensure that critical services delivered by the council will be prioritised. We have taken the difficult decision to completely close the Thameside Theatre based on advice on social distancing given by the Government to help control the spread of the virus.
"This is a fast changing and dynamic situation but at all times we will follow advice given by the government as well as Public Health England and as that advice is updated we will share it and make announcements accordingly.
"This is a worrying time for residents and businesses alike but I would urge everyone to follow the government advice.
"Thurrock has a strong community spirit and by following the government's advice we are helping those we know are more vulnerable."