Wednesday 18 June 2020
Issued by the Communications Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
This briefing is to keep you updated on the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken in the district.
Who does it affect?
- Residents and businesses within the district
- Chichester District Council staff and councillors
- Parish councils
- Community groups and charitable organisations
In this briefing
- Latest update
- Service changes
- Remember social distancing
- Extra downloadable signage for businesses
- Small business funding being distributed in district
- Chichester Farmers’ Market this Friday
- Refuse, recycling, parks and toilets
- Community hub
- Waste crime
- Fitness classes in parks
- Excellent bathing water status
- Consultation on draft interim housing policy statement now live
- Armed Forces Day – 27 June
- Sign up to our email newsletter
- Fernhurst Centre receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
- NHS Test and Trace scam
- Travel guidance for employees
- High street support resources
- Support bubble guidance
- Test and Trace workplace guidance
- Psychological first aid training
At last night’s Downing Street press briefing the Prime Minister announced a breakthrough by British scientists conducting a coronavirus treatment trial. Using Dexamethasone was shown to reduce deaths among patients on ventilators and on oxygen. The drug is a cheap and already widely-available steroid, which the UK’s chief medical officers have said should be used with immediate effect.
Mr Johnson said that the chances of dying from Covid-19 have been greatly reduced by this treatment and that he was proud of the team of scientists who had conducted the trials. He also thanked the thousands of patients in the UK who volunteered for the trials.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. You can find more information on what you need to do at www.chichester.goc.uk/coronavirus and the very latest government advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus for the latest information.
Remember social distancing
As more non-essential shops continue to re-open following the lockdown, please remember to follow the social distancing guidance when you are out and about and keep a two-metre distance from others. If you are using public transport or visiting a hospital, then don’t forget that it is now mandatory for most people to wear a face covering or mask to protect both yourself and others from risk of infection. You should also keep a face mask in your bag and wear it whenever you are in an enclosed public space where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as a shop.
Please also remember that basic hygiene and hand washing practices are the most effective way to help prevent spread of infection. Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap before you go out and then again when you return. Use the hand sanitisers provided when you are out and about, or take your own with you.
Extra downloadable signage for businesses
This week as part of our Support Your Local Business campaign, we will be providing some extra downloadable signage which businesses can use in their premises. As part of this campaign we have also been compiling some business case studies from across the district which we will be showcasing on our website pages and social media channels. In addition, we are also currently working on a special video which should be available in the coming days. Please share any of our Support Local posts on our social media channels and help spread the message that our high streets are open and doing as much as possible to keep customers and workers safe. We are asking everyone to get behind their local businesses and to ‘think local’ every time they want to buy something or use a service and the Chichester Observer and Midhurst Observer are helping support the campaign.
Small business funding being distributed in district
We have been busy distributing the latest financial support being made available to small businesses. The deadline for applications was 14 June 2020. Applications continue to be processed and further funding will continue to be issued over the next week.
Chichester Farmers’ Market this Friday
A reminder that Chichester Farmers’ Market will be back this Friday 19 June, in its new temporary location in the Cattle Market car park. More stallholders are expected and please remember that social distancing measures will be in place. The market runs from 9am until 2pm. For more information please see https://www.chichester.gov.uk/aboutfarmersmarket
Refuse, recycling, parks and toilets
We are continuing to empty your bins as usual, including household waste, recycling, green recycling and trade waste. The teams have been working hard to make sure that all services are running. Our parks, gardens and public toilets remain well maintained and open. Please remember to maintain social distancing when using our parks and toilets.
We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council and its Community Hub which is there to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. We have been supporting the hub by collecting and delivering food, supporting volunteers, calling people to check that they are okay.
You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help, or if you want to volunteer your services in these difficult times. This will be available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries from 8am-8pm. The team will be contacting the most vulnerable to tell them how to get help. The best way to contact the hub is online; if you have access go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/covid19communityhub.
A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980. We are trying to keep the resources available through the hub for those who are most vulnerable, so if you do have support in place already, such as from family or friends, then please continue to use their support.
We are continuing to urge households to play their part in preventing waste crime during the coronavirus pandemic.
There are some easy steps you can take to take to avoid unwittingly contributing to waste crime:
- check the people taking away your rubbish are registered waste carriers. Ideally they should have a copy of their registration documents on them; ask to see these. You can check their licence number at environment.data.gov.uk/public-register, or call 03708 506506 and the Environment Agency can check for you
- get a written receipt/transfer note showing their contact details, a description of your waste and details of where they are taking it
- note down the make, colour and registration number of the vehicle that’s taking your waste away.
Find out more information about our fly tipping campaign here: https://chichester.gov.uk/flytipping
Fitness classes in parks
Fitness instructors and personal trainers that hold one-to-one sessions and group exercise classes in parks and green spaces are being reminded that they must have a licence from us. Our Sport and Leisure team issue licences to those wishing to use parks for personal training or group fitness sessions. This is to ensure public safety by checking that fitness operators hold appropriate qualifications and insurance as well as protecting the parks and the public’s access to them. Licences can be issued for an instructor and up to five attendees. People are also being reminded that they must observe social distancing in our parks by keeping two metres apart from anyone they don’t live with and washing their hands as soon as they get home. To apply for a licence please see www.chichester.gov.uk/outdoorfitnessclasses
Excellent bathing water status
Bathing waters at all three EU designated bathing beaches within the Chichester District have been classified as ‘Excellent’ – the highest classification possible. Recent results show that bathing waters at Bracklesham Bay, West Wittering, and Selsey meet the Bathing Water Directive’s strict water quality standards based on bacteria levels. This places them among the best beaches in the country for water quality. These three beaches have upheld ‘Excellent’ classification since 1995, 1998, and 2018 respectively. Find out more at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34099/Chichester-District-bathing-waters-rated-among-the-best-in-England
Consultation on draft interim housing policy statement now live
You are invited to give your views on Chichester District Council’s draft interim housing policy statement. This is being brought forward to guide development in the Local Plan area until the Local Plan Review is adopted. The statement draws together adopted and emerging Local Plan policies to outline the types of new residential development that the council would support for the area. This will help potential applicants to understand the sorts of proposals that would be considered appropriate. This policy does not include areas within the South Downs National Park. These areas are subject to a separate plan undertaken by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA). Find out more at www.chichester.gov.uk/interimpolicystatement
Armed Forces Day – 27 June
Saturday 27 June will be the twelfth annual Armed Forces Day and the first to be marked virtually. Events are being held around the country and the week leading up to Armed Forces Day will be used to highlight different elements of the UK military. We will be raising our Armed Forces Flag to mark the day. For more information see https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/?utm_source=GCSL_SEL&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=ArmedForcesDay
Fernhurst Centre receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Huge congratulations to the Fernhurst Centre, which has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is testament to the hard work by centre manager, Pauline Colcutt and her fantastic team of volunteers. The centre offers a wide range of courses and events for the local community. Please send them your warm wishes by emailing email@example.com or leaving a post on their Facebook page.
Sign up to our email newsletter
Please encourage people to sign up to our email newsletter service at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts Anyone who signs up, will receive a copy of this newsletter on a weekly basis, sent directly to their chosen email account.
Travel guidance for employees
To support businesses with employees returning to work from Monday 15 June, the Department for Transport has developed resources for employers. It sets out steps employers can take to help provide a safe return to work for employees on the transport network, including encouraging active travel and travel outside peak hours. You can find the details at https://bit.ly/DfTGuidance
High street support resources
The High Streets Task Force has announced new training, expert advice and online resources for high streets in England. The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the Government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely.
This support is open to organisations involved with high streets and will include free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence on topics including recovery planning and coordination, public space and place marketing.
You can access the resources at https://bit.ly/NewSupportHighStreets
NHS Test and Trace scam circulating
Action Fraud have issued advice to the public about possible Test and Trace scams.
Contact tracers will only call you from the following number: 0300 013 5000.
If you do not wish to talk over the phone you can ask the NHS Test and Trace service to send you an email or text message instead, inviting you to log into the web-based service. All text messages or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number.
Action Fraud is advising people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.
NHS Test and Trace will not call from a premium number or ask for information such as passwords, bank account or social media details, and will not ask you to buy anything or download any software. For more information see https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/nhs-test-and-trace-scams
‘Better Business for All’ toolkit
The Sussex Chamber of Commerce has placed the ‘Better Business For All’ toolkit on its website homepage and includes a wide range of resources for businesses to help them re-open safely. Find out more at https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/
Support bubble guidance
Single adult households can now form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance setting out how the public can see people that they do not live with while protecting themselves and others from coronavirus. The guidance outlines key principles the public should follow when outside their home and also provides advice on a range of issues when meeting outdoors. Find out more at https://bit.ly/SupportBubble.
Test and Trace workplace guidance
The guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers has been updated.
If there is more than one case of coronavirus associated with a workplace, employers should contact their local health protection team to report the suspected outbreak. A link to a tool that identifies the relevant local health protection team has been included in the guidance. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance
Psychological first aid training
Front line staff and volunteers at the forefront of the coronavirus response across England are now able to access a new Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course.
This free online course teaches responders how to give practical and emotional support on issues such as job worries, bereavement or isolation to those affected by coronavirus. Frontline responders can access the training materials for free through the Future Learn website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-covid-19/
Stay in touch
Make sure you stay in touch with our daily updates on:
You can also now sign up for our email newsletters at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts