Coronavirus - the latest news from Chichester District Council
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
- Stay alert
- Service changes – link to table
- Online services
- Public toilets
- Parking offers running until 7 September.
- Business and community grants
- COVID recovery plan agreed
- Wednesday market – temporary location
- Council meetings resume this month
- Advertise in our residents’ magazine initiatives
- Parks and playgrounds
- Extra business signage
- The Novium Museum is open!
- Pop up shops open
- Choose Work now running as normal
- Face coverings – latest information
- NHS Test and Trace update
- Culture Recovery Fund
- Ban on evictions extended
- Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings
- New round of Health and Wellbeing Fund
- Self-employment Income Support Scheme
- Stay in touch
As many schools across England re-open to pupils this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK government is doing everything in its power to prevent a second wave of coronavirus. He said it is doing all it can to prepare the NHS for winter , and help restore normality in the UK.
He thanked the public for everything they have done so far - but stressed that everyone must remain vigilant over the coming months, and the public have a crucial role to play in helping to prevent a second spike.
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 all the latest information.
While our reception area is still closed to the public, we are still here to help you. You can still access many of our services 24/7 via our website. You can pay a bill, check your account, apply for a bulky waste collection, check your waste and recycling collections dates, submit and view planning applications and report missed bins and fly tipping. Go to www.chichester.gov.uk
A reminder that our public toilets across the district are open 7am - 7.30pm and are being cleaned and checked regularly. You can find a full list of locations at www.chichester.gov.uk/publictoilets
Parking offers available until 7 September.
You can still take advantage of parking offers in most car parks run by Chichester District Council until 7 September. We are offering free parking at the Avenue de Chartres multi-storey car park every Saturday and Sunday. In addition, you will receive one hour's free parking when purchasing two hours if using the MiPermit app (which is available in all car parks, except for Westgate Leisure Centre and Avenue de Chartres). Find out more about Mipermit at https://www.mipermit.com and information about our offers at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/parking
Business and community grants
We have launched a £500,000 discretionary grants scheme to support local community groups and businesses, as part of our COVID-19 recovery plan. £250,000 will be allocated to supporting community groups and £250,000 will be allocated to supporting businesses based within the Chichester District.
Community groups and local businesses can find out more information and check their eligibility at www.chichester.gov.uk/covidrecoverygrants
COVID recovery plan agreed
Preventing homelessness, providing more community grants and helping to support the arts and tourism industry are some of the immediate key aims of a COVID recovery plan that have been set out for the Chichester District. The plan, agreed by councillors last month will cover four key areas: community and housing; economic
planning, health and environmental protection, and the organisation. Find out more about the plan at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34286/Council-sets-out-its-key-priorities-in-COVID-recovery-plan-for-Chichester-District
Chichester’s Wednesday market – temporary location
A reminder that the Wednesday market in Chichester city centre has been temporarily relocated to the Cattle Market car park. This is a health and safety measure in order to allow social distancing to take place in the high street. The Saturday market is unaffected. For more information contact the market operator Bray Associates https://braymarkets.com/
Council meetings resume this month
This month virtual council meetings will resume following the summer break. The first meeting back will be Cabinet on Tuesday 8 September. You can access live recordings of meetings and documents at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/Committees
Advertising in initiatives magazine
Did you know that we offer a number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities to help businesses reach potential new customers across the Chichester district? We are currently taking bookings for one of our most popular opportunities, the winter issue of our flagship residents’ magazine, Initiatives. Revenue raised from our advertising and sponsorship opportunities goes directly back into paying for community services. For more information please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/advertising, or contact our Advertising and Sponsorship Officer by email: email@example.com or phone: 01243 521043.
Parks and playgrounds
If you are using any of our parks and playgrounds, please do ensure that you follow social distancing rules and practise extra hygiene measures when using these facilities. It’s really important that you take hand sanitiser with you and that you wash your hands when you get home.
Free extra signage for businesses
We have produced some extra signage around face coverings that businesses and organisations can use in their premises. This is in addition to the signage we have produced around social distancing. To download this signage see
The Novium Museum is open!
The Novium Museum and Chichester Tourist Information Centre is open again, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 4pm. The museum has a wealth of fascinating exhibitions and displays, including its headline Mystery Warrior exhibition which tells the amazing story of the North Bersted Man. Because of the pandemic, this exhibition has now been extended until 17 April 2021. The museum also has some wonderful virtual exhibitions which you can access via https://www.thenovium.org/home
Admission remains free of charge, with donations gratefully accepted. Tickets can be pre-booked online at https://www.thenovium.org/reopening
Pop up shops re-open
Our Pop Up Shop Initiative is now back up and running, with the current tenants Dylan's Ice Cream and Coco Baby open at their premises in Crane Street, Chichester. The scheme offers short-term opportunities for fledgling businesses who want to pilot a high street location, and the next round of leases will be open soon. If you know someone who would be interested, please let them know and encourage them to keep an eye out as we will be promoting the next round of opportunities in this autumn. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Choose Work programme, which helps support people into work is back to its normal service. One to one meetings have resumed and workshops are now available as pre-recorded information clips and fortnightly webinars. The team is supporting new and existing clients to examine their new working landscape and working with them to find a way forward. If you or know someone you know could benefit from the scheme, please register with our friendly mentors at email@example.com
Face coverings – latest information
The guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues has been updated to include the latest information on face coverings plus a list of indoor settings where face coverings must be worn. People are also advised to wear a face covering in indoor places that are not listed where social distancing may be difficult, and where they will come into contact with people they do not normally meet. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close
NHS Test and Trace update
The Government has updated its overview of the Test and Trace service. It now includes a link to a customer logging toolkit for businesses or organisations which have been advised to collect customer, staff and visitor details on entry to their venues. For more details see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works
Culture Recovery Fund
Details of the Government’s funding streams to support cultural organisations is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-available-through-the-culture-recovery-fund
Ban on evictions extended
The Government has extended the ban on evictions for a further four weeks. It also intends to give tenants greater protection from eviction over the winter by requiring landlords to provide tenants with six months’ notice in all bar those cases raising other serious issues such as those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators, until at least the end of March. Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jenrick-extends-ban-on-evictions-and-notice-periods
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings
Guidance for parents and carers covering changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people over the age of five 5 during the coronavirus outbreak has been updated. It will now cover the autumn school term . For more information see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
New round of Health and Wellbeing fund
Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations are now able to apply for a share of a £3.3 million Government fund to support projects aimed at tackling obesity, reducing smoking and improving learning among mothers and young babies. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 30 October 2020. Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-33-million-fund-to-give-babies-from-deprived-areas-or-bame-backgrounds-the-best-start-in-life
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The second stage of this scheme is now open for applications. Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/million-of-self-employed-to-benefit-from-second-stage-of-support-scheme
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