Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 21 November 2020

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.

Covid guidance

Have you downloaded the NHS COVID-19 app to help protect your loved ones? Did you know the app does not require personal information such as your name, address or date of birth, and only asks you to enter the first half of your postcode to ensure local outbreaks can be managed? Download the NHS COVID-19 App today from Google Play Store or Apple Appstore to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Find more information.

National restrictions remain in force in England until 2 December. Stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with a limited set of exemptions.

If you need to self-isolate, you MUST stay inside your home until you’re no longer at risk of passing the virus on. That means: do not leave your home; no trips to the shops; and no walks or exercising in the park.

As a reminder, these are the main symptoms of COVID-19:  a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. If you have symptoms, please get tested. Call 119 or visit the NHS website.

Your NHS urgently needs more donors at the Birmingham Donor Centre. By building blood stocks now, we can all help the NHS through the critical winter period. Register online and book an appointment.

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

National recognition has been bestowed on Birmingham City Council and its stakeholder partners for efforts to increase active and sustainable travel throughout the city and wider region.

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone is launching in June 2021. Find out more information including how one business has prepared by listening to Julian at Little Pot Transport in Oldbury talk about his journey.

A major milestone has been reached for Perry Barr Residential Scheme. The first ‘top out’ on site has been confirmed on a six-storey building that will house new apartments and retail units.

Love reading? We’re here to help and our libraries will be switching to order and collect only under latest government restrictions. Find details on your local library, as well as Library Services at Home and the mobile library, here.

We’ve teamed up with SignVideo, and you can now call the council in British Sign Language (BSL). Just download the FREE SignVideo app, click on the SV Directory, and search for ‘Birmingham City Council’, to connect to a BSL interpreter! Go to birmingham.gov.uk/contactus for more info or watch this video.

Birmingham City Council is installing temporary pavement widening measures in the Colmore and Retail Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), to help retail and hospitality businesses get back on their feet.

We are consulting on a revised scheme for Dudley Road, upgrading facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, providing new bus lanes, and reducing traffic congestion through junctions.  From 23 Nov, Chapel Lane in Selly Oak becomes a two-way road. Please take extra care in the area as you get used to the new arrangement.

The EU Settlement Scheme has now surpassed 4.2 million applications. It’s the biggest scheme of its kind in British history. It’s free, simple and EU Citizens have until 30 June 2021 to apply.

Birmingham Royal Ballet at 30 – supported by the council –  is a celebratory free online show, broadcast to audiences worldwide, from 19 November for seven days. The show marks 30 years since the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet moved from London to the city and became Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Childcare providers – have your say about how Covid-19 has impacted on your business! The Early Years and Childcare Service wants to hear your views. The survey closes on 25 November. Parents / Carers – have your say about how Covid-19 has impacted on your childcare. The Early Years and Childcare Service wants to hear your views. The survey closes on 29 November.

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