While the outbreak continues, the Environment Agency will prioritise responding to major pollution incidents and flooding, maintaining assets such as the Thames Barrier and supporting the emergency services, according to a letter to staff from chief executive Sir James Bevan.
Its officers are under instruction to abide with hygiene and social distancing guidance from Public Health England. Although not explicit in his letter, inspections are expected to be cut back, both to reduce exposure and cope with staff sickness. Further details are expected shortly. SEE MORE