A PLEA for equipment to protect against coronavirus has been issued by Coventry council.
The council hopes Coventry business can supply masks, goggles or hand sanitiser to help keep care services running.
A newsletter to businesses said: ‘These are difficult times for all business and organisations around our city and indeed the country and we would like to thank you and your staff for your continuing hard work to keep our city running as best you can.
‘We would also like to ask you for a little help if possible.
‘As you will appreciate, as a Council, we work in all areas of the city, in a variety of locations and a variety of ways, from schools to social care settings.
‘We provide a wide array of services for the people of Coventry, including those who are most vulnerable.
‘We need a good supply of hand sanitiser (any size, smaller size the better) and PPE including IIR/FFP2/FFP3 face masks, nitrile/latex gloves, visors/goggles and aprons.
‘If you have any of these items that are surplus to your needs that you would be prepared to donate or sell, or you have contacts who could help us, it would be much appreciated.
‘Every piece of equipment will help us to support our residents through the current crisis, and help us to save lives.”
Responding to the coronavirus crisis, Coventry businesses and schools have shown willing to help.
Dhillons Brewery, based in Longford, have started making multi surface cleaner and disinfectant, while technology teachers at King Henry VIII school on Warwick Road have built plastic face visors.
Speaking to BBC CWR, Coventry council chief executive Martin Reeves said all council services are upheld despite redeploying staff to cover around 650 absences.
Council workers are having to report as sick as some have coronavirus symptoms, or they are caring for family.
He also said almost all the city’s rough sleepers have received accommodation to help isolate from infection risks.
Coventry council asked those who can help with supplies to contact covid19EquipmentRequest@coventry.gov.uk