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Suffolk Towns Winter Pandemic Plans Supported

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Suffolk Growth Partnership is pleased to announce that £41,000 has been granted for towns including Beccles, Halesowrth and Southwold to support their winter plans to help prevent the spread of Covid -19. 

The grants have been made available through the Covid Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) allocated by Suffolk Public Health. 

The funding is supporting local facilities adaptions, equipment, communications and also supporting preventative management activities for key events this winter, in particular Christmas fayres and Christmas light ‘switch-on’ celebrations. 

Karen Chapman, Suffolk Growth Partnership Manager said: “Working with Public Health colleagues, Suffolk Growth is pleased to be able to support our town centres in minimising the risk of Covid during their festive activities and events. We were very impressed with the quality of applications and consideration to Covid prevention measures that will be put in place to keep both residents and visitors safe as Suffolk enters the winter months.” 

The proactive approaches taken by the towns supports the recent call to action from the Suffolk Resilience Forum to consider what small acts everyone can do now, such as wearing a mask in crowded places, so that we can continue enjoying the things we all love doing – including visiting our local town centres to meet people, for leisure and for shopping and events.  

Among the nine areas receiving grants are Beccles Town Council, Halesworth Town Council and  Southwold Town Council.

Funded by Suffolk Public Sector Leaders, Suffolk Growth is a partnership organisation that brings together local authority teams to develop and deliver our shared inclusive growth agenda. The partnership works closely with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the University of Suffolk, Suffolk Constabulary, and wider public sector teams, including communities and health. 

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