A statement from Bristol City Council in response to the cancellation of May elections: City Hall

13 Mar 2020

Democracy and Engagement

A statement from Bristol City Council in response to the cancellation of May elections

Polls have been postponed for one year

The Government has announced that all local and mayoral elections in England will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tim O’Gara, Bristol City Council’s Returning Officer, said: “The detail behind this announcement has yet to be released and we will not be able to provide any further update until this has been received. Preparations for May’s elections were well underway and we will now need time to reflect on what needs to be done to push these plans back into 2021. Further updates will be provided as and when new information is made available.”

Dr Jacqui Jensen, Executive Director for People at Bristol City Council, said: “Bristol is ready to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and strong preparations are in place to respond to the changing situation and the emerging positions adopted by the Government. As with any situation that poses the scale of challenge presented by this outbreak we work together with our partners in health, police, social care, faith communities and voluntary sector to ensure that we can move quickly when needed. I urge people to heed the advice of Public Health England to prevent the spread of the virus including washing your hands regularly – we will do everything need to as a city to overcome this challenge.”

The latest public health advice can be found on the Public Health England website.