Covid Updates

Bristol Council CoronavirusNews

Currently, the Council is producing regular newsletters, giving information and advice regarding the current coronavirus situation

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This is the most recent newsletter, issued June 10th:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Hello resident,

Bristol’s current rate of infection is 41 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. We are seeing a sustained increase in cases. There have been 189 positive cases in the last seven days. Bristol's rate is slightly lower than England’s infection rate which is currently 48 cases per 100,000.

To date, over 244,629 (56 per cent) of all Bristol residents aged over 16 have had at least one vaccine dose.

The increase in infection rate is a cause for concern, not alarm. We encourage you to take up the offer of regular rapid testing which is open to everyone in Bristol. Please also book your vaccination when you are eligible to do so.

If you're meeting with friends or heading to the pub this weekend to watch the football, please remember to follow the COVID guidance in place. Meet outside rather than inside where possible, and please be kind and patient to hospitality staff who are doing their utmost to keep customers safe.

Although Bristolians will be supporting many of the nations represented, in particular Wales and Scotland, I would like to say good luck to Gareth Southgate and the England team.

Take care,

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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Changes to testing sites

The COVID-19 testing site located in the car park of BAWA Leisure Centre on Southmead Road in Filton is closing today (10 June).

Many thanks to BAWA for allowing us to use this area for testing during such a crucial time. There are still many conveniently located sites in Bristol to get a test if you have symptoms. 

Victoria Rooms, Netham Park and Hengrove Leisure Park sites are open until 1.30pm each day. They become community collect sites for regular lateral flow (rapid) testing at 2.30pm.

Brislington Park and Ride and Temple Street testing sites are open for symptomatic testing all day.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and book an appointment to get tested.

Join us for 'COVID-19: What now?' webinar 

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live and see the world, from the way our businesses and schools operate, to how we behave in social situations.

Together with South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, we are hosting an online COVID-19 webinar in the lead up to the potential move to step four of the government’s roadmap to ease restrictions.

The webinar will give residents across the three local authorities an opportunity to ask Directors for Public Health questions about the current guidance and the long-term behaviours that will help to stem the spread of infection. 

The event will be held as a YouTube live stream on Tuesday 15 June, 6pm-7pm. 

You can ask questions during the webinar by using Slido and the code #CovidWhatNow. You can also submit questions in advance using the hashtag #CovidWhatNow on social media.

We hope you can join us for what is set to be a great discussion.

Remember to register your rapid test result 

Regular rapid testing is available to everybody in Bristol without symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you are opting to take your rapid tests at home, please remember to register your test result within 24 hours on the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.  

Reporting your test result is important because it helps to:

  • reduce infection rates in our community
  • protect people at higher risk of infection
  • prevent and reduce the spread of the virus.

If your rapid test result is positive, you need to:

  • self-isolate immediately
  • book a follow-up PCR test (which is analysed in a laboratory) on the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.

Support is available to you if you need to self-isolate. You may be eligible for an NHS Test and Trace Support Payment. If you need help to get food or do other essential tasks, please call the We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184.

Countries added to red and amber travel lists

From 4am on Tuesday 8 June, seven countries were added to the travel red list: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago.

If you return to Bristol from any of these countries you must quarantine in a government-approved hotel. You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight of your quarantine. 

>From the same date, Portugal was moved to the amber list. If you are returning from Portugal, you must self-isolate at home for 10 days even if you feel well. You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight of your quarantine. 

If you are self-isolating you may only leave your home to take a COVID-19 test. You may not have family or friends over. If you need support during this time, please contact the We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184.