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.
Follow the latest national-lockdown guidance – and remember: staying at home is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.
Face coverings are compulsory in many indoor spaces. Unless you have a legitimate reason not to, you must wear a face covering to protect others from the spread of infection.
Rapid Covid-19 testing is available for Birmingham residents at the Utilita Arena (formerly NIA) entrance B. These tests are for people who do NOT have symptoms but may be infectious. The site is open 7 days a week 8am-6pm. Several Covid mobile-testing units are also operating in Birmingham for people who don’t have symptoms.
If you have Covid symptoms, you should call 119 or go to the NHS website to book a test at one of the 12 local symptomatic testing sites across the city.
The COVID-19 vaccine, just like any other vaccine, works by teaching your immune system how to defend itself against attack from the virus.
Has your mental wellbeing been impacted by the current lockdown? If you’re between the ages of 11 and 25, Kooth offers free online support for young people in Birmingham and Solihull.
The council has agreed to provide one-off grants of £10,000 to 421 businesses in the hospitality and leisure industries who have previously missed out on Government support schemes.
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.
A multi-million pound regeneration of Birmingham’s city centre – which includes bringing the ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ back to life as a fountain – is set to be approved by the council’s Cabinet.
The council is offering a free, tree recycling service for the public until 24 January. Trees collected will be chipped and used to create UK biomass electricity.
If you are part of a small or medium-sized business, based in the West Midlands, with questions about Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, you can put them to the team at a free, monthly business clinic on 27 January.
Have your say on the Beeches, Barr and Booths Neighbourhood Plan public consultation which sets out the 3Bs Neighbourhood Forum’s proposal to create a garden suburb in north Birmingham. The consultation closes on 12 February.Everyone in England and Wales will be invited to take part in the census this year. That’s over 59 million people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The census will help inform the services we all need.