STREET cleaning and highways teams will continue to work in west Cheshire, but on an individual basis, the council has confirmed.

Front-line teams at Cheshire West and Chester Council have changed their working practices to follow current government guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff in the council’s StreetCare and highways teams are now adopting social distancing as they carry out their day to day duties.

For example, activities such as litter picking will be done by a team member working alone.

Highways staff and contractors will also be following social distancing advice and will travel in their vehicles in isolation.

All works which would need staff working in close proximity will now be postponed, but highways teams will be responding to urgent works as a priority to ensure the borough’s highway network is safe, with other works undertaken where social distancing permits.

Cllr Karen Shore, deputy council leader and cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport, said: “Our street cleansing, grounds maintenance and highways operations are continuing but we are prioritising resources to ensure the safety of our residents.

“As the situation develops some services may be delayed or suspended and up to date information is always available on our website.

“Staff are following guidelines on social distancing; please could we ask that members of the public also follow social distancing advice and do not approach our staff.

“Please don’t feel offended if a member of staff asks you to back away from them if you approach, we’re doing all we can to protect you from this virus.”