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.
West Midlands councils have warned there is no room for complacency as public health teams continue their efforts to prevent further Covid-19 lockdowns across the region.
Is your family finding Covid-19 tough? There are lots of services in Birmingham that are here to help all families, such as parenting courses, mental health support, financial help and much more.
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 – no matter how mild – then it’s essential that you self-isolate for 10 days and only leave the house for a test. You can book this either online or by calling 119. West Midlands councils stressed last week that testing will be key to preventing further COVID-19 lockdowns across the region and urged citizens and businesses to play their part.
Visit the council’s website for accessible formats, including translated audio and written coronavirus information.
The Better Health campaign has been launched to support people to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of serious illness, including Covid-19. Visit the NHS website for help and advice on losing weight, eating healthily and getting more active.
More than 73 thousand businesses have registered to the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme. See if your local has registered using the Restaurant Finder tool.
Businesses have until 17 August 2020 to apply for a Discretionary Business Grant. If you’re an eligible business, you may be awarded a grant of up to £25,000 that doesn’t need to be paid back.
Businesses reopening after lockdown have a responsibility to staff and customers to be Covid-19 safe which includes ensuring they have conducted a Covid-19 risk assessment in line with Government guidelines. Hospitality businesses including pubs, cafes and restaurants must have a pavement licence to use pathways for eating, drinking and seating.
We’re not back to normal yet, but we can start to return to some of the places we’ve missed. When you’re out and about, please make sure you’re following government Covid-19 secure guidelines and enjoy summer safely. As lockdown measures begin to ease, you must still follow government guidelines when meeting people in order to keep you and your family and friends safe. Only socialise indoors with members of up to two households.
For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.
Birmingham libraries are starting to re-open this month for an order and collect service. Opening dates will vary according to local conditions; the Library of Birmingham opened on 5 August.
Do you know of any community groups needing volunteer time, small grants or construction materials to support projects? The lead contractor for the Alexander Stadium could have solutions.
Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, has written a blog on why tackling inequality in Birmingham is everyone’s business and everyone’s battle.
A call has gone out for submissions to be included in Birmingham’s celebration of Black History Month, which will be officially launched in September. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 10 August.
If you are a Birmingham resident and receive an email from email@example.com about the Annual Canvass, please be assured that this email is genuine.
Birmingham residents, in particular dog owners, are being invited to have their say on proposals to renew five Public Space Protection Orders in place to tackle dog control issues across the city. The consultation closes Monday, 31 August.
Residents are required to show one form of identification (for example council tax, utility bill, or driving licence) to prove residency when visiting our Household Recycling Centres after booking a slot.
Fancy being part of Census 2021 and working to improve lives in the UK? Census 2021 is inviting applications for 100 community adviser roles. These roles will involve improving outreach and building trust around the census with different communities.