Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 23 January 2021

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.

Covid-19 news

West Midlands council leaders have urged everyone to stay vigilant and not drop their guard, as the COVID vaccine programme continues across the region. COVID case rates remain high, with hospitals under huge pressure.

Do YOU have a question about COVID in Brum? Whether it’s about testing, vaccines – or anything else – put YOUR questions to the Local COVID Outbreak Engagement Board.

Rapid COVID testing is available for Birmingham residents at the Utilita Arena (formerly the NIA), entrance B: 7 days a week, 8am-6pm. These tests are for people who do NOT have symptoms but may be infectious.

New COVID lateral testing mobile units are now in action at Castle Vale Stadium, Maypole Youth Centre and the Arcadian Centre. These tests are for people who do NOT have symptoms but may be infectious. Here are booking details and opening times.

There’s an important Q&A session for BAME communities with our Director of Public Health, Dr Justin Varney, at 6pm on 18 Feb. It will cover vital education, support and myth-busting on COVID vaccinations.

If YOU have had the COVID vaccine, it’s still vital you continue to follow social distancing guidance. Read the latest social-distancing guidance here.

Whilst our parks visitor centres and facilities are closed, you can still access our amazing green spaces to help with your wellbeing. Outdoor gyms are closed but playgrounds are open. Please remember social-distancing.  

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

Birmingham’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day event will be streamed online this year. Our Lord Mayor will lead the virtual event on Wed 27 January, to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, as well as genocides around the world.

How will central Birmingham be developed over the next 20 years? Join the conversation, as we unveil our ambitious plan ‘Shaping our city together’. Visit the Estates Gazette website at 9.30am on 26 January. We want to inspire young people to get involved in the Census 2021. In our Census Secondary programme, students will create their own campaign to encourage their communities to complete their census and make their voice matter.

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