Essex County Council has put out an urgent appeal for Personal Protective Equipment for its front line staff.

It's asking small business to offer up any masks, disposable gloves, aprons, goggles, overshoes or sanitising gel.

The equipment is needed to help care staff safely look after the most vulnerable residents in the coming days and weeks.

The council is calling on restaurants, gyms, beauty salons, nail bars , car body shops, tattoo artists, cleaning companies, hardware stores and schools, which have closed in support of suppressing the virus.

It may be that there are protective items sitting in storage cupboards that can be put to good use and consequently ECC are seeking to gain knowledge if you would be able to offer up this stock in our fight against this virus and support our front line workers.

Essex County Council

Essex County Council says it's willing to buy the items if businesses don't feel able to donate them.

It's urging businesses to email or message them with your PPE supply details including quantity and postcode, and a contact phone number and they will be in touch ( just a reminder not to post personal details)

Once we have an understanding of what is available Essex County Council will then contact you, prioritise the safe delivery or collection whilst observing social distancing methods

Essex County Council