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.
The seven West Midlands metropolitan council leaders have written a joint message on the wearing of face coverings, following new government guidance, starting on Friday, 24 July. Public Health England has been made aware that face coverings for babies and very young children are available for sale in England. Children under the age of three should NOT wear face coverings, as they could cause choking or suffocation. Find out how to use a face covering safely. Businesses have also been reminded to protect staff and customers.
Birmingham City Council has published its Birmingham Bus Statement, outlining how it will support buses as the UK recovers from Covid-19.
Brum Together, a network of more than 80 community organisations and voluntary groups across Birmingham, has launched an urgent appeal to support those hit hardest by Covid-19 and lockdown.
Volunteering Matters is currently recruiting ‘Journey Makers’ who will volunteer to help assist travellers on social distancing, face coverings and travelling safely at local bus, train and tram stations as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. This is a UK-wide project supported by the Department for Transport.
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.
Due to the popularity of the Garden Waste service, recently re-opened following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, a decision has been taken to only allow re-subscriptions with immediate effect.
As Eid al-Adha approaches, gatherings are permitted in places of worship, following the guidance for safe use. Individual prayer should be two-metres apart or one-metre with risk mitigation, i.e. face covering, for those from separate households.
The shielding support package for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will remain in place until the end of July when they will no longer be advised to shield. See what’s changing and read the guidance.
The registration service for restaurants, pubs and cafés to sign up to the Eat Out To Help Out scheme is now open. Businesses can sign-up to take part in the scheme.
Hand washing still plays a key role in protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. Do wash your hands regularly; use soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser. Make sure you store hand sanitiser safely out of reach of children.
Protect your family and friends against coronavirus. Anyone who has symptoms should not leave home except to get a test. If you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with also need to self-isolate at home. Call 119 or visit the NHS website to find out more.
For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.