Coronavirus Weekly Updates From The City Council 19 June 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.

Local news

Following a period of closure related to nearby roadworks, the city’s Castle Bromwich Household Recycling Centre (HRC) reopened on Thursday, 18 June. As at all of Birmingham’s other HRCs, visits can only be made by those who book a slot in advance.

Calling all businesses and residents – do you have working IT equipment you no longer need? An appeal has been launched for devices to help city pupils carry on learning during coronavirus school closures.

As lockdown begins to ease, with people returning to work and non-essential retail re-opening from 15 June, the council has put in social distancing measures in the city centre.

Transport for West Midlands would like to hear your thoughts on travel. This survey covers a variety of topics which will be used to support planning as the lockdown is lifted. Take the survey before 1 July and you could win one of three £50 Amazon vouchers.

Join the council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Cllr Waseem Zaffar, and guests from National Express West Midlands and West Midlands Railway as they discuss post-lockdown transport plans for the city in the latest Let’s Be Together podcast. Available on Apple and Spotify.

Following the re-opening of three council car parks on Monday 15 June, the council has now re-opened the Markets multi-storey car park. To avoid touching parking machines whilst you’re out and about, why not try the cashless, contact-free RingGo parking?

This week is Refugee Week, Birmingham’s refugee community and their contributions to city life are being celebrated with an online festival. Projects supporting refugee families in Birmingham, through the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, have received over £150,000 in grants awarded by Birmingham City Council.

We want to support businesses in the city that have re-opened to manage their businesses safely and efficiently, so we have created a dedicated point of resource on our website to help with advice and guidance on how to stay safe.

The application period for Discretionary Grant Payments has now closed. Thank you to the 1,898 businesses that applied – we are now reviewing applications and will be in touch on or before 6 July.

Everyone in Birmingham, the UK and beyond has been affected by COVID-19. Birmingham’s virtual book of memories has been created for the city to come together even more. Share your stories and be part of Birmingham’s history.

There has never been a better time to quit smoking, to protect you and others and reduce the pressures on NHS. Make today the day for taking that first step on your quit journey.

Join Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park for another ‘virtual’ tour of the park. Featuring Pete the komodo dragon, the lynx, ocelot and rhea, amongst others!

National news

Stay up-to-date with what you can and cannot do safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you have any of these 4 symptoms: high temperature; new, continuous cough; loss/change in sense of smell; or loss/change in sense of taste then you must self-isolate. It is also vital that you book a test.

Do you represent a business with fewer than 250 employees? If you’ve paid out coronavirus-related sick pay, you may be able to claim a rebate.

Making time for breaks is important whilst working from home to help manage feelings of stress – try to take lunch and regular screen breaks. Find more tips and advice for working from home.

Remember, face coverings are now mandatory for passengers on public transport in England. Exemptions to the rule include young children, people with disabilities and those with breathing difficulties. Find out how to make a face covering.

To mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, everyone is being asked to come together to clap for NHS and social care staff, all other key workers, and our communities at midday on Sunday 5 July.

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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