Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 25 June 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 25 June 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

Meeting up with friends and family today? It’s safest to stay outside in the fresh air so any COVID particles get blown away. If you DO go inside, open a window to let fresh air in.

Planning a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or commemorative event of more than 30 people? Your venue manager or organiser MUST complete a COVID risk assessmentbeforehand.

Give COVID the red card! ANYONE over 18 can visit Aston Villa Football Club this weekend for a COVID jab: 10am till 2pm, no appointment needed. for more details please 

Three in five adults in the UK have now had BOTH doses of the COVID vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Book YOUR jab now!

Are YOU over 18? If so, you’re now eligible to book an appointment for your COVID jab. Schedule YOUR appointment today by calling 119 or online.

The second dose of the COVID vaccine helps to provide maximum protection: cutting the chances of hospitalisation by 85 per cent. Make sure you attend BOTH jab appointments.

Did YOU know ALL adults in England can get rapid COVID tests twice a week? Tests are free, easy to do, and results come back within 30 minutes. The more of us that do them, the more we can help protect each other. Around one in three people with COVID show NO symptoms. So, get tested regularly to help stop the spread.

Experiencing hardship? COVID support payments of £500 are available if you are self-isolating or have a child who is. You may be eligible if you are on low income, can’t work from home and face financial hardship.

Travel safely and only if necessary. If using public transport, remember to wear a face covering, unless you are exempt, sanitise your hands regularly – and keep your distance where possible. For latest updates and advice on Coronavirus, please visit the government website. 

With COVID cases rising in Brum, Birmingham is now an enhanced response area. What does this mean for YOUR business? Join a Chamber of Commerce webinar on 1 July.  

COVID has highlighted the digital divide and digital poverty – and hundreds of laptops and other devices are being given to communities by the city council and other organisations, working with charities and the voluntary sector.

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

Local news

£8 million for Bring it on Brum – this summer, Birmingham will be putting on the country’s biggest and most ambitious new holiday activities and food programme. Open to families with school-aged children, 5-16, daily activities and food are being laid on for freefor those who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Birmingham City Council has been ranked as a three-star authority, up from the one-star rating awarded in July 2019, for the way we manage our finances.

Tomorrow, Saturday 26 June, is Armed Forces Day: our annual opportunity to recognise the fantastic work and contribution of our military personnel and wider Armed Forces community at home and abroad. Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Muhammad Afzal, hasthanked the Armed Forces on Twitter for all they do.

Did YOU know an extra £7 million is being spent to tackle waste in our city? Find out more! 

The council has bid for £64 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund to support four major schemes in Birmingham.

Calling creative communities! Did YOU know £2million is up-for-grabs – in advance of the Commonwealth Games – for community organisations to fill the city with art? Find out more – and APPLY! 

Are YOU ready to join the 2022 Games Commonwealth Collective? Become a Games volunteer. 

Have a small business in Birmingham or Solihull? Get networking! Introduce YOUR business in a supportive, unpressured environment on Thu 1 July. Book your place now.

Would YOU like to care for our local parks and green spaces? Do you enjoy spending time in nature? If you are 16-24, the Green Sector Course might be for you.

Time is running out to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Protect YOUR family’s rights in the UK. Apply by 30 June.

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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