Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 06 November 2020

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.

Covid guidance

From 5 November-2 December, we will be in a national lockdown to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. We must stay home and avoid travel unless it is essential. Find out more about the restrictions in place.

As COVID-19 infections increase across the country, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones. Remember: wash your hands; wear a face covering; and watch your space. Find advice on the NHS website.

Details of how a £900,000 package to support the enforcement and compliance of COVID-19 regulations to keep people safe from the pandemic’s risks have been announced.

The city’s network of five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) remain open – but residents are being asked to minimise their visits. The HRCs switch to winter opening hours from 1 November. Make sure you’ve pre-booked a slot before visiting.

On Monday 16 November, the council will launch an official review of the various emergency transport measures that were brought in as the city emerged from the first national lockdown. The council is encouraging residents to feedback on how the measures are working in their neighbourhoods.

You can now apply for a payment of £500, through the Test and Trace support payments scheme, if you’re on a low income, have tested positive for COVID-19, and you can’t work from home. Check if you meet the conditions and submit an application here.

Find an updated guide to the city’s independents offering take-away and collection services during lockdown.

Birmingham City Council and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce have sent a letter to national government requesting additional support for businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

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

Local news

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Azim, has been urging Birmingham’s citizens to remember the fallen at home, as the pandemic continues. The city’s annual Remembrance Sunday service will be live-streamed from St Philip’s Cathedral on Sunday, 8 November 2020.

Why Birmingham has to work to be a real equal opportunity employer. Cllr John Cotton, the council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, talks about why the council is turning the spotlight on itself as one of the city’s major employers.

Don’t forget to take part in the Commonwealth Games survey. We’d like to hear your thoughts on the Games and how you would like to see the city benefit. Have your say.

Make sure to have your say on the Birmingham Parks Survey 2020 before 8 November. The survey is carried out every two years to find out satisfaction levels with local parks and what improvements park users would like to see.

Join the West Midlands Combined Authority’s virtual celebration of the Festival of Light at ‘Diwali on the Screen’ on Saturday 7 November from 11am. There will be entertainment from performers from across the West Midlands.  

What can the council do with its commercial property estate to better help small and medium sized enterprises and tenants? If you have experiences to share or ideas of what we could do, have your say at the Economy & Skills Birmingham Scrutiny Inquiry into property assets here. Birmingham City Council is considering a rental scheme allowing Hackney Carriage drivers to lease an electric taxi with the intention of eventually owning it. To understand the options drivers are interested in, five questions for Hackney Carriage drivers to answer have been created.

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