Cornwall calls on government for PPE supplies

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Cornwall calls on government for PPE supplies

Published at 6:22am 31st March 2020. (Updated at 9:23am 31st March 2020)

Cornwall is calling on the government to speed up the delivery of PPE supplies to key workers.

That includes things such as facemasks, gloves, eye protection and hand sanitiser.

The Council says personal protective equipment is vital for people to safely carry out their jobs.

Council leader Julian German has asked for further details about how and when that equipment will be distributed. 

“I understand that these are unprecedented times and there is a UK shortage of PPE, but I urge the government to quickly clarify how it intends to distribute this vital equipment – particularly in rural areas like Cornwall.

“Our frontline workers are doing an incredible job caring for residents who are sick or vulnerable, and we desperately need to protect them from falling ill so we can keep Cornwall running and prepare for recovery.

“We as a council have appealed for businesses across Cornwall who may be able to help us with the supply of unused PPE to get in touch, and while we greatly appreciate their support we recognise that this is not a sustainable solution.

“We still require clarification about when the government intends to make new supplies available, and how it will deliver those supplies throughout this difficult period. We will help with those distribution efforts where we can.

“I look forward to hearing more about the government’s plans as soon as possible.”

Julian German, Cornwall Council


Many of Cornwall Council’s health and social care partners – in particular social care providers - have identified a lack of PPE as their biggest concern when trying to keep staff and service users safe.

PPE is not needed for use at home unless you are a health care worker providing regular personal care to someone who has Covid-19 or is displaying symptoms.

The Council says a number of organisations across Cornwall are likely to have PPE that they are not using, and they are asking that this is made available to them now, so they can protect key workers from infection and help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

What is needed?

  • Fluid repellent facemasks (IIR)
  • Disposable aprons 
  • Disposable gloves (latex and powder free)
  • Eye protection 
  • Hand sanitiser gel
hand sanitiser

“I can’t stress enough how important it is that we make sure everyone who needs PPE receives it and makes proper use of it. 

“We want to minimise the spread of coronavirus and providing key workers with the protective equipment they need is an important part of that effort.

“We know that there are issues across the country with the supply of PPE, so we’re calling on businesses here in Cornwall that may have unused stock to get in touch and let us know, so we can get it to the people who need it most.”

Cornwall Council Deputy Director of Public Health, Rachel Wigglesworth

Businesses or organisations that can provide PPE are asked to email the council at

The advice is to get in touch via this email address and not to drop any supplies off at County Hall, or any other council building.

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