COVID19 Statement from the Lord Mayor of Oxford
28th March 2020
A Statement from the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Craig Simmons
These are challenging times and I am proud of the way that Oxford is stepping up to make the changes necessary to beat the coronavirus. From what I can see and hear from others, businesses and individuals are generally heeding Government advice and avoiding unnecessary activities. Thank you.
I know that this is not easy. But this is short term pain for long term gain. To beat this virus we must all continue to follow expert advice. No shortcuts, no exceptions. This is for the greater good.
Oxford is home to health care services and research facilities with a global reputation for excellence. I was one of those who stood on my doorstep on Thursday and applauded the hard work and tenacity of our health care workers. It was a moving moment when the sounds of cheers and clapping echoed across the City.
As well as those who work in the NHS, I would also like to pay tribute to the many other frontline workers and volunteers who are keeping essential services running, often at great risk to themselves; charity workers, bus drivers, food retailers and service providers, homeless outreach staff, pharmacists, waste and recycling operatives to name just a few. And behind the scenes I know that there are many office-based staff keeping things moving.
This lockdown will not last forever. I do not know when it will end. What I do know is that we will emerge stronger as individuals, as a City and as a society when we do. In the meantime, we need to look out for one another and try to find some joy in the gloom.
I am reminded of a quote attributed to the poet Bertolt Brecht:
In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will be singing
About the dark times.
Lord Mayor to stand in support of our carers
The Lord Mayor of Oxford will be standing on his doorstep and clapping for our carers at 8pm on Thursday 26th March as part of a national show of support for health care staff.
Says the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Green Party Cllr Craig Simmons, "Our health service staff, along with many other essential workers, are working harder than ever and putting themselves at risk to protect the rest of us. I encourage others to join me; from their upstairs window, balcony, front garden or doorstep - wherever they can maintain a safe social distance - to show their support for their hard and relentless work. I want the streets of Oxford to ring out with claps, cheers, and shouts of support."
Oxford Greens trial online public meetings
23rd March 2020
Following the cancellation of a public meeting due to corona virus, Green Councillors in Oxford are trialling an online public meeting to discuss implementing a low traffic neighbourhood in East Oxford, on Thursday 26th March at 7:30pm.
The meeting will be temporarily suspended at 8pm for 15 minutes so that residents can take part in the 'clap for carers' event.
Have you ever wondered what our Green councillors do day-to-day? Maybe you've considered standing for election yourself but you're not quite sure what the role involves. On April 4th, our Green councillors will be telling their stories of what they have been doing as councillors since they got elected. There'll be the chance to hear from them about their role before an opportunity to ask any questions you have.
Some of our councillors have been working for their residents for years in Oxford whilst others have just recently been elected in May 2019. In addition to our district, city and county councillors, we have many town and parish councils working for their communities, doing vital local work all year round.
Our councillors would love to hear from you, so do sign up for this event today!