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Council meeting cancelled due to rising covid cases

Published Friday 23 July, 2021
Last updated on Friday 20 August, 2021

Swale Borough Council has cancelled next week’s council meeting due to the rising number of covid cases in the borough.

After more than a year of virtual meetings, in-person meetings resumed in May.

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader of the council, said:

“We held virtual meetings throughout the pandemic, however, these are no longer legally permitted.

“Despite restrictions being eased, the rate of covid cases in Swale is increasing with a current rate of 487.1 cases per 100,000 people, almost double the 265.5 cases from the previous seven days.

“Given this rise, group leaders and the mayor have agreed to cancel next week’s council meeting to help keep everybody safe.

“The welfare of our staff and councillors is paramount and caring for those who are isolating or too vulnerable to attend is not something we’re prepared to compromise on.

“We are reviewing alternative ways to get necessary decisions made without the need for the council meeting.

“As the country opens back up, we urge everybody to act responsibly. Get tested regularly, used the NHS Track and Trace app, and self-isolate if you come into contact with anyone who tests positive for Covid-19.”