Matt Jukes, chief executive of Hull City Council.
Matt Jukes, chief executive of Hull City Council, will welcome delegates at the Bonus Arena on Wednesday

Hull City Council chief executive ‘ambitious and optimistic’ on city’s coronavirus recovery

Hull City Council chief executive Matt Jukes has said the coronavirus pandemic is Hull’s biggest challenge since the Second World War, but the city will recover.

Matt Jukes told The Hull Story he believes the coronavirus pandemic has created “the most difficult set of circumstances the council has ever faced”.

But he remains confident the city will bounce back.

He said despite services and resources being stretched, it is possible to protect public health and kick-start the economy at the same time if people follow the guidance.

“It’s a hell of a challenge,” says Mr Jukes. “It’s the grinding duration that is the issue. We had the floods of 2007 and 2013 but with incidents like that, you set up your emergency response and then after two or three days you are in recovery. That’s the way those major incidents always play out – but not this time.

“But I’m still ambitious and optimistic for the city, I really am, despite all of this. The one thing that Hull has really proved is that you can try and knock us down but we’ll get up.”

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The Ferens Art Gallery in Hull.