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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.
Since 28 September, new measures have been introduced for people who test positive for Covid-19 – including fines for failing to self-isolate and financial support for those on low incomes. People who fail to self-isolate can now be fined up to £10,000. Fines will start at £1,000 but could increase for repeat offences and for those stopping others from self-isolating, including business owners who threaten staff with redundancy. And new government rules mean weddings are limited to 15 people – and the limit for funerals remains at 30.
Don’t forget the new NHS Covid app is now available in England and Wales. Download TODAY from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Plus many venues and businesses now need to display official NHS QR code posters – so you know you can check in easily via the app – and WON’T need to log in via any other route.
Birmingham now has a Covid-19 Community Champions Network – helping family, friends and communities stay protected against the virus. Find out more – and join up – TODAY.
A new Public Health blog – Coronavirus: Self-isolating protects your friends, family and community – you can hear why self-isolation is still vitally important to stop Covid-19 from spreading.
The city council’s drop-and-collect COVID-testing teams will be around the streets of Birmingham, offering free tests. They are all wearing high-vis Birmingham City Council jackets, including the RAF personnel supporting them. If they knock on your door and you are unsure, please ask to see their ID. You can read the full story here.
In the latest, two-part ‘Let’s Be Together’ council podcast, you can hear from Deputy Leader Cllr Brigid Jones and others, and find out how business has been affected by the pandemic in Brum. Go to Apple or Spotify.
By law, staff in retail settings are now required to wear a face covering, unless they have an exemption. Employers must ensure their staff are wearing them.
Visit the council’s website for translated audio and written information on Coronavirus Test and Trace.
For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.
If YOUR child is due to start secondary school in September 2021, you’ll find all the information you need to apply for their school place on our council website. The deadline for applications is 31 October.
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is open to the public – with online booking now available Numbers are limited – and, no booking: no visit. Please wear a face-covering.
Changes are being introduced across Birmingham to make it easier and safer to walk or cycle – and to support social distancing. Say what YOU think – and make suggestions.
Get set! Sign up to our Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games newsletter for the latest updates and information on how – together – we’re getting our city Games-ready! Subscribe here!
Following a successful pilot in 2019, we’ve now launched Phase 2 of our Car-free School Streets initiative. Find out more.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery opens next week: we can’t wait to welcome you back! They will be open Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm. Please pre-book your timed ticket.
Did YOU know our Discover Careers library is always available, FREE, online? From CV-writing, to post-18 options, a career planning calendar, or interview tips – check it out today!