Local residents and businesses can find information on the coronavirus, including details of support and how to volunteer, on the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council website.
The webpages include links to NHS and Government advice, details of support available locally for individuals and businesses, information on altered council services, and where to register as a volunteer.
Changes to council services
Among changes to services, the council has closed its leisure centres (including Donyngs in Redhill) and the Harlequin Theatre.
Residents are also being asked not to come to the Town Hall except for urgent mattes (such as homelessness), and instead use other ways to contact the council.
Mayoral engagements and committee meetings have been suspended.
‘Challenging and uncertain times’
Cllr Mark Brunt, leader of the council, said on Thursday (19 March): “We, at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, would like to reassure you that we have been working hard to ensure that we can continue to deliver essential services and support our local communities as best as we can.
“We are refocusing our other work so we can prioritise this.”
He added: “We are in challenging and uncertain times, but I am confident that by pulling together as a borough and supporting our most vulnerable, we will get through the coming weeks and months.”
On volunteering Cllr Brunt said: “We know that many people are already helping to support their communities during this time. It really is fantastic to see such community spirit in our borough.
“We are helping to coordinate a volunteer response and to protect the vulnerable people in our community. We need to ensure this is managed carefully and that the necessary safeguarding checks are made. If you are an individual and would like to volunteer please register at Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead or one of the local community groups in your area.
“If you are a voluntary group that already exists, or has recently set up in response to the current crisis, please let our Community Partnerships Team know what you are doing so we can build a full picture and offer support if needed.”
The council’s coronavirus volunteering webpage includes the above links together with details of local organisations who would welcome donations.
Surrey County Council has also published coronavirus information, including a helpline.