Decision details

Local Outbreak Control and Intervention - Covid-19

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To report and agree on the Council’s plans to control and reduce the transmission of Covid-19 within the Harrow area.




(1)          the plans to manage a local outbreak of Covid-19 within Harrow be noted, including liaison with partner agencies, communications strategy, community engagement and exercise of enforcement power;


(2)          the Chief Executive be authorised, following consultation with the Leader of the Council, the Leader of the Opposition and the Director of Public Health, to issue communications for the purpose of reducing transmission of  Covid-19, including communicating advisory restrictions on movement in advance of legal restrictions;


(3)          the Corporate Director, Community, be authorised, following consultation with the Leader of the Council, to issue a direction under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) No.3 Regulations 2020. 


Reason for Decision:  The Council was responsible for having a Local Outbreak Plan to manage the outbreak of any communicable disease, including Covid-19.  Whilst this plan was led by the Director of Public Health, the success of any plan would be dependent on multi-agency working, effective enforcement and timely communications and community engagement. 


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Sean Harriss

Publication date: 11/09/2020

Date of decision: 10/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 10/09/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 19/09/2020

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