Daily Council Updates

Archive: Tuesday 17 March, 2pm

Update: Tuesday 17 March, 2pm

Council is keen to update you each day in relation to our services and information on the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Council services

All our services remain accessible and we are endeavoring to ensure that frontline, essential services are fully functional.

At a special Council meeting tomorrow night, Elected Members will discuss these matters.

Latest Public Health Agency guidance

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms (new advice as of 16 March)
  • if you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • if you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Additional public service information

We will continue to share the very latest information on public services across Mid and East Antrim.

If you are having difficulties with any public services, or you require any further information, please contact us and we will try to assist in any we can.

During these challenging times, we remain focused on supporting our residents, community groups and vulnerable members of our society.

Tomorrow, we will be getting an update from the NI Executive in relation to a number of issues, including financial support for businesses and individuals, and we will continue to share the very latest information.

Yesterday, The Executive announced it will introduce a package of measures to try to mitigate against the worst effects of Covid-19.

Proposals include rates relief for businesses, continuing free school meals if schools close and support for the elderly and homeless.