District council shuts Honiton HQ over coronavirus concerns

The district council has closed its Honiton offices because of a possible case of coronavirus after a staff member who returned from a high-risk country began showing potential symptoms.

Staff have been sent home and the offices will be deep cleaned over the weekend, East Devon District Council (EDDC) said.

EDDC said it hopes to reopen its Blackdown House offices early next week.

The council said the offices were closed to the public from noon today (Friday, March 6).

An EDDC spokeswoman said: “This is a precautionary measure due to a possible case of coronavirus in a member of staff, returning from a high-risk country.

“They are displaying potential symptoms and although the risk is very low, we are taking the correct measures.

“All members of staff have been sent home and the majority will be able to continue working remotely.

“The offices will be thoroughly cleansed, according to recommended guidelines, over the weekend and we anticipate reopening early next week.”

East Devon District Council said it will continue to provide services and apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers.

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