COUNCIL chiefs will hold a coronavirus leadership briefing for residents tomorrow, Thursday, amid a surge in confirmed cases in the town.

The public will be able to tune in to the briefing with council leader Cllr Russ Bowden, chief executive Steven Broomhead and director of public health Thara Raj at 5pm.

It will be broadcast live via the council's website and residents will require a device that can connect to the internet to be able to view it.

The recent decision made by the council to appeal to residents not to visit other households was announced on Monday as a further measure to support the new ‘rule of six’ guidance.

It states a maximum of six people can meet from multiple households, as long as they continue to socially distance themselves from one another.

This most recent appeal by the council to ask people not to visit households, including private gardens, will be explained in more detail by Cllr Bowden, Mr Broomhead and Ms Raj, alongside a wider update about the current case number increase in the borough.

Cllr Bowden said: “We want to explain to residents in more detail our current approach to tackling coronavirus in the town, as well as talking through why not visiting other households, unless you absolutely need to, is a proportionate step in trying to stop the transmission of the virus.

“It’s important that people understand why we have made these decisions.

“What is even more important, however, is that people continue to follow the clear guidance – keep your distance from other people not in your household, maintain excellent hand hygiene, wear a face covering where necessary and if you have any symptoms, book a test straight away.”

The trio will also be answering a selection of questions from residents.

You can submit a question to be answered, as part of the leadership update, by emailing or by messaging the council on Facebook or Twitter.

You can watch the livestream video tomorrow at 5pm by visiting the council's website.