Coronavirus Weekly Updates From The City Council 22 and 29 May 20

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Coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council.

The update lets you know about Birmingham City Council’s services, public health information, general advice on Covid-19, and other relevant news from the council and our partners so that we can keep you informed. If you have friends and family who are not online, please share the information in this bulletin with them.

You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.

UPDATE on 22 MAY 20

Local news

Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP. The letter asks for central government to support the introduction of a 20mph default speed limit in Birmingham.

Following a successful bid application, the council has secured £58,000 in government grant funding to run an e-cargo bike pilot in the city.

Cllr John Cotton, Birmingham’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, posts about recognising how important faith is to Birmingham’s communities, highlighting that many people will be preparing for Eid this weekend. Mosques will remain closed to the public across the country until the current situation improves. Stay safe and protect your families this Eid. Find full guidance here.

Listen to the first episode of the council’s new podcasts Let’s Be Together. The Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, and our Director of Public Health, Dr Justin Varney, discuss coronavirus lockdown in the city. Available on Apple and Spotify.

A letter has been sent to parents and school staff about the re-opening of Birmingham’s schools.

Organisers of Pride, which would have been held over the bank holiday weekend, have postponed the event until next year. But no one has to miss out completely – a virtual Pride takes place this Sunday, 24 May, with live streaming from 2pm!

Planning officers at Birmingham City Council are exceeding Government targets with more than 1,000 determinations made since lockdown began.

Check out Healthy Brum’s YouTube channel for helpful videos on how to stay healthy, active and creative at home.

If you live in England, you can now spend more time exercising and relaxing outdoors. If you are visiting one of Birmingham’s parks or open spaces you MUST continue to keep at least 2-metres away from anyone that you don’t live with.

Love animals? Join Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park with their tortoise collection!

Would you like more ideas of things to do? Don’t forget, Visit Birmingham has created an ‘at home’ section on its website highlighting a range of virtual events and tours and much more.

National news

The Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have issued updated advice on coronavirus symptoms.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Now more than ever, we need to be kind to ourselves and prioritise our mental health. Visit Every Mind Matters to get your online plan and discover simple steps to help look after your mental wellbeing.

The government has launched a new app for people working in social care.  It is aimed at social care staff, shared lives carers, registered home managers, personal assistants, and any staff working in social care who may be supporting citizens in the community.

For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.

All the important official advice to help restrict the spread coronavirus and how to deal with any infection can be found on the NHS website.

UPDATE on 29 MAY 20

Local news

Have you heard our new podcast? Listen to the first episode of Let’s Be Together. The council’s leader Cllr Ian Ward and our Director of Public Health Dr Justin Varney discuss coronavirus lockdown in Birmingham. The podcast is available on Apple and Spotify.

We know it has been a difficult time for everyone, but please help Birmingham City Council by sharing how you’ve been impacted by Covid-19. Complete the survey to help refine Birmingham’s recovery response, proposals, and priorities.

Have you been inspired by the everyday heroes of this difficult period to take up a career in social care? You can find out how to register for the West Midlands Employers Social Care Talent Bank to be considered for roles in the city and across the region. People with a range of different skills are needed for now and the future.

The value and importance of our parks and open spaces has been heightened during the coronavirus pandemic. Birmingham is part of a national Future Parks Accelerator programme which is looking to promote and share the value of green spaces across local communities. A virtual community conversation has been launched, and you are invited to take part.

Thousands of households across the city will benefit from further support with Council Tax payments through the Council Tax Hardship Fund. If you are eligible, you do not need to do anything as it is automatically applied.

The council is making significant progress processing grants for struggling businesses. Thousands of businesses who risk missing out on cash grants are being tracked down by the council as the total number of payments made to date increases to almost £161.5 million.

Grant funding is available to support businesses who cannot operate as normal in the current circumstances. You don’t need to apply, but you do need to make sure we have your most up to date business details.

From Monday 1 June, temporary footway widening will be introduced along Ladypool Road in Sparkbrook, Birmingham to help with social distancing.

As more people in the West Midlands start to return to work, in line with government guidance, here’s some advice from National Express West Midlands on staying safe when travelling.

Join Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park for another ‘virtual’ tour of the park with the Meerkats and Porcupines, seeing what the other animals are up to and answering any questions!

Visiting one of Birmingham’s parks or open spaces this weekend? Please continue to observe guidelines on social distancing and remember barbecues and fires are not permitted in our outdoor spaces. You should also follow these water safety rules.

National news

From 1 June, up to six people from different households will be allowed to meet outside, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces. Those from different households MUST continue to stay two-metres apart.

The government has launched NHS Test and Trace to reduce the spread of coronavirus. This service is set to help: identify, contain and control the virus; limit the spread of the infection; and save lives.

Government guidance on coronavirus symptoms has been updated. You should self-isolate if you develop any of the following symptoms: a new continuous cough; fever; loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste.

The government has updated its Covid-19 secure guidance to help certain shops across England reopen safely from June.

Do you work outdoors or in construction? Read this guidance for working safely during coronavirus, including advice on social distancing and cleaning the workplace.

The NHS Test and Trace service will be emailing, phoning and texting people who have been in close contact with confirmed coronavirus cases. The team will call from: 0300 013 5000 OR send a text from “NHS”. Find out more from the NHS.

For Coronavirus advice for customers from ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) on holiday bookings, Refund Credit Notes and more visit here.

For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.  

All the important official advice to help restrict the spread coronavirus and how to deal with any infection can be found on the NHS website.

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