Coronavirus Weekly Updates From The City Council 10 & 17 July 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.

10 July…

Local news

Following new government guidance, Birmingham City Council has reopened Birmingham Register Office so that marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place. In addition, the council has also reviewed measures that were put in place around funerals. The number of mourners allowed in attendance has increased from 16 to 30 people.

A new Covid-19 walk in testing centre has opened in Lozells. This is the fifth pilot site to be launched in England and will provide pre-booked test appointments for residents by calling 119 or via the NHS website.

We want to support Birmingham businesses manage the re-opening of non-essential retail, so a dedicated point of resource has been created on the council’s website to help with advice, information and guidance

The council has paid out over £2.7million of Discretionary Business Grants to struggling businesses. Small businesses that have suffered financial hardship due to Covid-19 were given the opportunity to apply for discretionary grant funding of up to £25,000.

Stay safe – outdoor gyms and playgrounds are now open again in our parks and open spaces – here are some simple hints and tips to avoid the continued risk of Covid-19.

An appeal to help thousands of city school pupils bridge the digital divide is ongoing.

Birmingham City Council has developed resources to support schools in teaching relationships and health education at primary schools.

Cllr Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment, has made a guest appearance on the

17 July…

Local news

From 24 July, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets. Exemptions include: young children; people with breathing difficulties; and people living with a disability.

Birmingham City Council has paid out support grants in excess of £200 million to more than 16,000 struggling local businesses. City businesses were also given the opportunity to apply for a Discretionary Business Grant and the council has processed 1,100 applications – and paid out grants totalling just over £2.7millon to 651 businesses.

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is calling all eligible businesses to apply for the Pivot and Prosper Grant Fund, which gives businesses the opportunity to apply for match funding up to £40,000.

Looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games in two years’ time, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games organising committee has launched a search for children to help design the official mascot for the Games.

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and Birmingham City Council are leading on the development of an e-scooter rental trial in the West Midlands.

Anyone looking for a convenient way to recycle garden waste can now subscribe to the city council’s paid-for service as it re-opens to new customers following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Lockdown has made everywhere quieter, but the joys of cycling and walking will only get louder!

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