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 status
- Pilot for family members to get regular testing for safer care home visits
- Local restriction grants for businesses
- Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme
- Letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people
- Testing for coronavirus at home
- Advice on home moving home during the coronavirus outbreak
- Safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus
- Travel corridors
- Hands, Face Space
- Support Local Christmas campaign
- Winter edition of initiatives magazine
- ‘Let’s Talk: Housing Standards’ consultation launched
- Share with a friend (newsletter)
Please continue to follow all the national restrictions that are currently in place. You can find the full guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
The Government has announced that by the end of the month there will be a network of 40 long-COVID clinics across England to support people who are suffering the long-term effects of coronavirus. This network will bring together doctors, nurses, therapists and other NHS staff such as physiotherapists.
The Government has also announced that it continues to expand testing capacity as well as planning two new mega labs which will open in the new year, adding another 600,000 daily capacity.
There are also trials beginning across the country for Janssen’s Phase 3 Clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine. This is the third vaccine to enter clinical trials in this country, and if successful, the Government has ordered 30 million doses. Biotech companies Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech have also announced encouraging preliminary results of their vaccine trials.
Our services are operating as usual, except for The Novium Museum, which is currently closed and will reopen when the national restrictions have been lifted. Our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, will also be closed during the lockdown. An update on our services can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus
Pilot for family members to get regular testing for safer care home visits
The Government has launched a new pilot of regular testing for family members or friends of those living in care homes to enable safer care home visits. The pilot is taking place in around 20 care homes across Hampshire, Cornwall and Devon and will be rolled out more widely in December. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pilot-for-family-members-to-get-regular-testing-for-safer-care-home-visits
Local restriction grants for businesses
One of our current priorities is making sure that any business that has had to close between 5 November and 2 December due to the current national restrictions, applies for one of the Government’s local restriction grants. The process is really simple and our teams are ready to turn applications around as quickly as they can. Find out more and apply at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020
Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme
We are also working rapidly to get the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme up and running. As soon as this is ready, the application process will appear at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport, so please keep a close eye on this page and also on our social media pages. Our web page offers lots of other information which you may find useful.
Letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people
The guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
You can also read reference copies of the letters sent to clinically extremely vulnerable people at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-letters-to-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-people
Testing for coronavirus at home
If you have received a home testing kit you can find more guidance about how to use it at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/testing-for-coronavirus-at-home
Advice on moving home during the coronavirus outbreak
Guidance for people moving home – whether as owner-occupiers or as private or social renters – has been updated. You can find out more at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
Safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus
If you run an organisation or group that uses volunteers, or if you manage volunteers, then the Government has updated its guidance to help organisations understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/enabling-safe-and-effective-volunteering-during-coronavirus-covid-19
The travel corridor list is regularly updated, you can find more information at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors
Hands, face, space
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
- Wash hands: keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face: wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, and
- Make space: stay at least two metres apart – or one metre with a face covering or other precautions.
Support Local Christmas campaign
Don’t forget to get involved with our Shop local, visit local and support local Christmas campaign. We are currently focusing on encouraging people to support local businesses by using their delivery and click and collect services, and to support local deliveries and takeaways. Once the Government restrictions are lifted, we’ll be focusing on the many reasons to visit and shop in our district’s fantastic High Streets. We have produced personalised illustrated gift tags for Chichester, Midhurst and Selsey. When the restrictions are lifted, they will be handed out by a range of businesses when people purchase gifts. You can also download them and find out more about the campaign at www.chichester.gov.uk/countdowntochristmas
We’ve also produced special Facebook frames that you can add to your profile picture to show that you are supporting local businesses.
Winter edition of initiatives magazine
The winter edition of our residents’ magazine, initiatives is out now with a range of information including our Shop Local Christmas campaign, festive waste and recycling, wellbeing and the support we are providing to the community. You read this as a PDF or there is also a page turner version. You can access both formats at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/initiativesmagazine
‘Let’s Talk: Housing Standards’ consultation launched
We are looking at ways in which we can help district residents and landlords to maintain and improve the condition of their homes. As part of this, we have developed a new policy, which outlines how we would like to build on the work we are already doing to:
- Help tackle excess cold and reduce fuel poverty
- Improve the standard of rented properties
- Assist homeowners that can’t afford repairs to their homes, and
- Support those who are disabled through facilities grants.
The consultation closes at midnight on 4 December. Find out more and have your say at www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkhousingstandards
Due to the coronavirus crisis, we are not running our normal park and ride this Christmas. Instead, throughout December we will be running two parking incentives to encourage you to shop locally. There will be free parking every weekend in in our Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester. You can also select two hours and get the third hour free in the majority of our council-owned car parks across the district when using the MiPermit app. To use MiPermit visit www.mipermit.com
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