Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 8 February 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 8 Feb 21.

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

Residents over 18 living or working in Frankley Great Park ward, and part of south Northfield between Frankley and the A38, south of Tessall Rd, are being asked to take a PCR COVID-19 test. This is due to cases of the South Africa COVID variant being found. Use our postcode checker to see if you are in the affected area.

Around one in three people with COVID don’t have any symptoms. We ALL need to keep staying at home to save lives – and we must ALL behave as though we have COVID.

Cllr Paulette Hamilton, our Cabinet member for Health and social Care, and Dr Justin Varney, our Director of Public Health, are leading large-scale, public Q&A sessions about COVID vaccine throughout February: on 9 Feb, 6pm-7.30pm, (South Birmingham); 11 Feb, 6pm-7.30pm (East Birmingham);  24 Feb, 6pm-7.30pm (West Birmingham); and 25 Feb, 6pm-7.30pm (Central Birmingham).

Are YOU aged between 16 and 24 and living in Birmingham? We want to hear how COVID has affected YOUR life. Complete this online survey before 18 Feb for a chance to win £500!

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

Our Business Plan for 2021-25 is out now. Find out how we plan to invest in services, protect vulnerable people and support the city’s recovery from COVID.  

Bookings for our garden waste service are now being taken. Be an early bird – and book before the end of February to get a discount.  

Arena Birmingham is set to get new indoor athletics track in £1.2m council investment to help attract future events and support local businesses which depend on the venue.

A new strategy for East Birmingham is seeking to dramatically improve the lives of around 250,000 residents. The plans are set to be adopted by Cabinet next week.

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with a virtual careers event set to include multiple employers and Birmingham universities: it’s on Thu 11 Feb, from 1-4pm on Microsoft Teams.

We want to deliver our vision for Central Birmingham, 2040. Our plans are underpinned by our goal to create a city that is equitable, liveable and distinctive. Have YOUR say about our plans!

We’ve taken delivery of the first of 31 new mechanical street sweepers that will help keep our neighbourhoods cleaner.

The council has launched a series of webinars to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepares for the Clean Air Zone. Specific webinars are available for people who live or work in the zone as well as more generic presentations for people who are not residents or commuters but who travel through the zone or are just interested in finding out more.

With less than six months to go until the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme, citizens are being offered free support to make an EU Settlement application.

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