'Sort it out or we’ll shut you down' - that’s the message from Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston to local businesses with 'shoddy' health practices during the coronavirus crisis. The mayor has slammed many Teesside businesses he believes are putting staff and the wider community at risk.
Middlesbrough residents with prepayment energy meters are being advised on measures to take during the Coronavirus lockdown. It is recommended that customers contact their supplier regarding their circumstances, preferably via email or online chat where possible to leave phone lines open to the most vulnerable.
Vital support for Middlesbrough businesses is being rolled out to safeguard jobs across the town as the Coronavirus response gathers pace. Grants totalling more than £4 million have been processed to date for more than 400 businesses, with a further 900 in the pipeline.
Consumers are being warned to be on the alert for fraudsters taking advantage of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The scammers are preying on fear and uncertainty surrounding the disease to set up fake advertisements for goods in short supply and send out emails about the Coronavirus.
Car parking charges have been suspended in Middlesbrough car parks. The removal of charges will cover all Council-run pay and display car parks and on-street parking meters. The move is aimed at helping those who need to park in the town centre for work, and the suspension will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
A new volunteering group is being recruited from across Middlesbrough's communities as the town strengthens its defences against the Covid-19 outbreak. And Middlesbrough Council is also urging those in need of help and support to get in touch so assistance can be arranged for those who are not able to manage.
Support and advice is being offered to Middlesbrough's army of 'informal carers'. They're the local heroes who care for family members and loved ones, often on a voluntary basis. Middlesbrough Council's Adult Social Care Department this week issued key advice to help them stay safe and healthy during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak