Perth and Kinross Council staff redeployed during coronavirus

Perth and Kinross Council staff are taking on new roles to help residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Parking attendants and other Perth & Kinross Council staff are taking on new roles delivering medicine and food to vulnerable residents in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff including parking attendants, countryside rangers, members of the community greenspace repairs and renewals Team and community wardens are working with other volunteers to pick up and drop off donations and extra supplies to foodbanks and vulnerable residents.

Parking attendants also started working with NHS Tayside this week to collect and deliver prescriptions and other medical equipment to patients across Perth and Kinross.

Staff from private businesses, including Perth-headquartered energy giant SSE, are also helping with the deliveries where possible.

The move comes after Perth & Kinross Council suspended parking charges on March 23 to support key workers who were not able to use public transport to travel to their work.

This has freed up parking attendants and other staff to assist in the council’s coronavirus response.

The council’s public transport unit are also working with businesses who normally take pupils to school to instead take key workers to work and back home.

The unit has engaged 19 transport operators who are providing transport for 61 care home workers and one NHS staff member.

Another operator is providing transport for patients who have regular appointments at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Assistance is also coming from community groups and individuals who are volunteering to help vulnerable residents.

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