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COVID-19 case studies

Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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Darlington: Vaccination bus offers easier route to COVID-19 jabs

Over the summer of 2021, Darlington Borough Council’s very own vaccine bus hit the roads across Darlington to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Third sector support for those working with older people - Leeds City Council

Leeds Public Health Older People’s team implemented a range of interventions to provide proactive support to the third sector.

Charnwood: Dedicated teams to support retail and hospitality business

Charnwood Borough Council set up a dedicated business compliance team at the start of the pandemic to support retail businesses and hospitality venues.

Lancaster: COVID-19 safe award helped businesses and reassured public

Lancaster City Council set up a COVID-19 Safe Award for local shops, restaurants and pubs to act as a guide to the public that the businesses were adhering to the local guidance.

Gateshead: Proactively supporting businesses from fish and chip shops to circuses

Gateshead set up a COVID-19 business compliance team to ensure restrictions and safety guidelines were adhered to and helped local businesses cope with change.

Sussex: Ensuring smooth coordination in a two-tier area

As soon as COVID-19 hit, a pan-Sussex enforcement cell was set up which included the police, Brighton and Hove City Council, the two county councils and the network of district and borough councils.  

Rushmoor: 'We looked after our unsung heroes - our food businesses'

The environmental health team at Rushmoor Borough Council made it their priority to support local shop owners and kept them up to date with the ever changing guidance and went the extra mile to deliver lateral flow tests.

Warrington: Working side-by-side with public health

At Warrington Borough Council a joint environmental and public health team was quickly set up to help businesses to adopt COVID-19 secure working practices and to deal with any outbreaks.   

Wakefield: Roving vaccination team to work with marginalised groups

In Wakefield the council and local NHS have set up a roving vaccination team to work with communities at risk of low uptake.

Gateshead: How to engage asylum seekers and refugees

Gateshead Council partnered with a range of voluntary sector organisations to encourage asylum seekers and refugees to come forward for a COVID-19 vaccine.