Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 14 May 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 7 May 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. .If you have friends and family who are not online, please share the information in this bulletin with them.

You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.

Covid-19 news

From 17 May, more COVID restrictions will be eased in England. This means indoor gatherings and overnight stays for six people or two households – and outdoor gatherings of up to 30 – are allowed. Follow the COVID guidance.

From 17 May, we can go back to indoor exercise classes. There are new rules for crematoria and cemeteries. And we can enjoy ‘table service’ meals and drinks at restaurants and pubs indoors! But – PLEASE – still remember to keep yourself and everyone else safe by following COVID guidance.

Even if you don’t have COVID symptoms, you can still spread the infection. Break the chain  by taking a lateral flow test, twice a week. Book YOUR free home test kit now.

If you have COVID symptoms, even if they are mild for you, you could make others seriously ill. If you have symptoms, don’t guess: get a test! Book your test. Use the NHS COVID19-app, or call 119.

NHS COVID parking update: the parking pass scheme introduced at the start of the pandemic, to provide NHS staff, health and social care workers and NHS volunteer responders with free parking, will close on 21 June.

COVID has been a difficult time for everyone. Please take the time to complete a Public Health survey on how YOU have been affected

We have translated COVID-19 advice on the council website in different languages, including Bengali, Romanian, Punjabi and Polish, which you can download and share with others who need translated information.

For latest updates and advice on Coronavirus, please visit the government website. 

Local news

A breath of fresh air: a new video features Birmingham residents and businesses discussing the upcoming Clean Air Zone.

Are YOU ready for the Clean Air Zone on 1 June? Find out more and apply for support.

Did you know there’s a Clean Air Zone Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme now open? Find out more!

The newly-unveiled Paradise Public Transport Improvement Scheme looks to respond to the city’s air pollution challenges by prioritising the road for buses, trams, taxis and bicycles. Find out more and have your say.

The Smart Cities Challenge is looking for applications from innovative business start-ups, exploring the use of 5G. Find out more – and apply.

Don’t miss the latest Archives and Community Heritage Newsletter: with everything from a features on International Nurses to a digital jigsaw.

The Public Health team is running a third series of webinars, from now till July, this time focussing on diet, nutrition, and health.

Join the Your Career Commonwealth Games webinar – and find out about the great volunteering, employment and free training opportunities available.

The Games is good for everyone – and more good causes are benefiting from the Alexander Stadium contractor community scheme.

The Triple Zero City Strategy says how we think we should tackle drug & alcohol addiction across Birmingham. What do YOU think?

Council questions? Did YOU know you can contact our council Customer Services team on Twitter, to help you with any service enquiries you may have? Use this account: @BCC_Help

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