Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 20 March 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 20 March 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

Pictures showing the concept of what a series of COVID-19 memorial community gardens across Birmingham could look like have been released by the city council. The images have been revealed on the eve of the first anniversary of the first Coronavirus lockdown.

More than 25 million people in the UK have now had their first COVID-19 vaccination. Don’t delay in getting yours when it is offered to you. Find out how you will be contacted for your coronavirus vaccination.

You are now eligible to book an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination if you’re over 50. Or call 119.

COVID-19 Testing is available across the city for ANYONE WITHOUT symptoms who lives OR works in Birmingham.

Inaccurate claims about the COVID vaccine can circulate quickly — stop the spread of false information and misinformation. Check before you share. The NHS is the best source of information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Places of worship across Birmingham are being urged to sign up to a Charter for Faith Settings – a commitment to operate within Covid-19 controls.

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

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, has welcomed an announcement by the BBC which will see more programming created in the region.

The redevelopment of Birmingham’s Southside area is set to start next month. The estimated £9.5 million scheme will deliver improved walking and cycling routes to New Street Station and a new public square adjacent to Birmingham Hippodrome.

There are now less than 500 days to go until Birmingham hosts the Commonwealth Games. The first Be Bold Be Birmingham podcast is now available! Craig Cooper, the council’s Programme Director for Birmingham 2022, tells us his thoughts on how Birmingham can be bold through its hosting of the event. Also watch on Spotify.

A new Charter of Rights and Quality Standards have been launched for those living in exempt supported accommodation in partnership with Spring House Association and Birmingham Voluntary Service Council.

The council has been working in partnership with the city’s universities to develop a joint approach to enhancing their role in the local community through Civic Agreements. The agreements will see universities working jointly with the council and other local stakeholders to develop and enhance their civic role in Birmingham.

Order and Collect services are back at Birmingham Libraries, letting you borrow and return library books in a safe and convenient way.

There has been a range of online celebrations this week to mark St Patrick’s Day.

In order to stop the spread of a controlled plant pest known as Phytophthora ramorum, the Forestry Commission has issued a Statutory Plant Health Notice for parts of Lickey Hills Country Park.

DON’T FORGET: Census Day is on Sunday, 21 March! If you know someone who might need help with Census 2021 they can call 0800 141 2021. Census virtual drop-in help sessions for residents take place on March 20/21. Birmingham landmarks will also be lit in purple to mark the occasion.

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