Corona-virus Update

Published

17th July 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the increasing 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 (Thursday July 16):

  • Street food pop-up opens outside V&A Dundee

The first temporary 20mph zone in the city introduced as part of the Spaces for People scheme is set to go live on Friday July 17. 

Streets in Douglas have been signposted and roads marked to remind drivers of the new reduced speed limit, with similar moves to follow in central Broughty Ferry, the Perth Road area and Fintry. 

Alan Ross convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “This is one of a raft of what I believe are positive measures that will create a safer street environment in the weeks and months ahead. 

“The four temporary 20mph zones will improve road safety in these areas of Dundee for pedestrians and cyclists as we move into the future stages of easing lockdown. 

“I’m sure that people will adapt to this change in a constructive way and quickly get used to being able to walk and cycle more safely as ways of protecting public health, supporting physical distancing and preventing a second wave of the virus.” 

Signs reminding drivers of the new 20mph limit have been put up at ten junctions on the main routes into the area. 

Dundee City Council was awarded £460,000 from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People Fund in May, which as well as being spent on the 20mph zones, covers work to close Union Street to vehicular traffic and through traffic reduction on various routes. 

Funded by Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland offering funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for permitted journeys and exercise, while physical distancing is in place during Covid-19 and as we transition out of lockdown. 

A second application to Sustrans for backing to bring in measures around physical distancing in District Centres, pop-up cycle lanes on commuter routes and upgrading the Green Circular was made last month. The results of this will be made known once the majority of funds from the city’s first successful bid has been spent. 

The other three 20mph zones in the city will be introduced in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile a joint statement has been issued on behalf of NHS Tayside and Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnerships:

“NHS Tayside and the three Health and Social Care Partnerships in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross welcome today’s report from Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) which reviewed Adult Community Mental Health Services in Tayside. We will now ensure that the actions and recommendations set out in the report are progressed through the improvement work already under way across mental health services Tayside.

“This HIS review coincided and overlapped with the final report of the Independent Inquiry into Mental Health Services in Tayside which was published by Dr David Strang in February 2020. The findings released today are reflected in the 51 recommendations of the Independent Inquiry’s report, and they will be taken forward in our Listen Learn Change draft Action Plan which was submitted to Scottish Government in June 2020.

“Our final action plan will be completed later this month and include any further recommendations from this review, alongside the detailed work which is being progressed to improve mental health services across Tayside.

Today’s report also highlights a number of examples of good practice with the Healthcare Improvement Scotland review team observing a very committed workforce from all specialties across mental health services. NHS Tayside and the three Health and Social Care Partnerships strongly echo that and acknowledge the dedication and hard work of staff, both in our community teams and in our inpatient units.

“Although the HIS review recommendations are predominantly related to our community services, it is crucial that all of our services in all of our organisations – from GP referrals into our community mental health teams, to crisis response and pathways into our inpatient facilities and back home, and the services provided by Local Authorities and the important role of the third sector - are as connected and work together in the best interests of people with lived experiences.

“That is why it is so important that we continue to listen to service users, families and our staff. We made a promise to the people of Tayside that we will Listen, Learn and Change in response to the Independent Inquiry and the further actions which we will take from today’s report reinforce that pledge.

“We have continued to engage with stakeholders including service users, patients, families, carers and staff over the past four months by connecting in new, virtual ways. As we move forward we will continue to refine our plans and ensure that these voices feature strongly and influence the new Tayside-wide Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy which will be published in early 2021.”

The report is available here

The Tayside Listen Learn Change draft Action Plan June 2020 can be found here:

Finally, a new pop-up food and drink offer with views of V&A Dundee and the River Tay has opened for business on Dundee’s waterfront today (Thursday 16 July).

Street food entrepreneurs Chris Heather and Melodie Paterson, in partnership with V&A Dundee, are now serving takeaway food and drink from a three-wheeled Piaggio van and converted horse box set up outside Scotland’s first design museum.

Specialising in serving seasonal Scottish food and drink at outdoors events and festivals, Heather Street Food will be positioned outside V&A Dundee from 11.00 to 19.00 every Thursday to Sunday offering a menu of bagels, gelato and hot and cold drinks.

The customised street food vehicles have been wrapped with Mary Quant imagery in preparation for V&A Dundee reopening on Thursday 27 August with its first major fashion exhibition. 

 The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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