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.
You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.
Birmingham is now in Tier 3 (very high alert) of the new government COVID restrictions. Every action can protect ourselves and our loves ones. Read the latest COVID guidance.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved and available FREE on the NHS to those who will benefit, starting with those who need it most. The NHS will let you know when it’s YOUR turn to get vaccinated against COVID.
Got COVID symptoms? Book a test! Symptoms include: high temperature; a new, continuous cough; and loss or change to your sense of smell or taste Book your COVID test online or call 119.
This Christmas, families and friends across the UK can form a COVID Christmas Bubble of up to three households: from 23 December to 27 December.
Applications are now live for the latest COVID business support grants. You need to set up a BRUM account to submit your application.
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.
STOP PRESS: Covid UK isolation period shortened to 10 days. Self-isolation for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus will be shortened from 14 to 10 days across the UK from Monday. The change will also apply to people instructed to quarantine after returning from high-risk countries. Find out what the UK chief medical officers are saying.
There will be no bin collections on Christmas Day, 25 December, and no recycling collections on 28 December and 1 January – with the usual service on all other days. You’ll find all the holiday bin collection details here.
Canvassers from the elections office are out visiting properties where there hasn’t been a response to the annual canvass. If you get a visit, you can provide your information on the doorstep. All visits are being made in accordance with public health guidance.
We’ve teamed up with SignVideo, and you can now call Birmingham City 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!
Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) based in the West Midlands can apply for grants of up to £170,000 to help prepare for the Clean Air Zone. You can find out more about Clean Air Zone grants at a free Business Clinic on Wednesday, 16 December at 9am.
Birmingham 2022: do YOU dream of working in sport? We’re recruiting two apprentices to join us as Sports Team Assistants. These apprenticeship roles are two of eight that are currently vacant, with two technology and four accreditation apprentices also being sought.
Watch Birmingham Royal Ballet’s magical Nutcracker LIVE-STREAMED from Birmingham Rep on Friday 18 December at 7.30pm – or you can watch later, on-demand, from Saturday 19 December at 7.30pm through until midnight on Christmas Eve. Tickets are £15.