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This is the most recent newsletter, number 33 issued July 31st:
Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter
Today, 31 July, the Prime Minister announced a pause to the easing of
lockdown restrictions following the introduction of stricter measures in
some areas in the north of England. Whilst the number of new cases
being reported in Bristol remains relatively low and numbers fluctuate
as the scale of testing and tracing increases, we must remain vigilant
to the threat COVID-19 presents. I urge everyone to keep limiting
visitors to your home, maintain a good distance from others, wash your
hands regularly, and please stay at home and get tested if you have any
Despite this pause on easing restrictions, today marks the final day of
shielding for many people across Bristol. I know it hasn’t been easy and
I want to say a huge thank you to those who have shielded during the
past 12 weeks and also express my gratitude to those who looked after
and supported those shielding. We all have a role to play in maintaining
good public health and protecting those most at risk.
The efficiency of our local response systems was tested earlier this week with reports of a cluster of new cases emerging from an industrial site in Avonmouth.
Working closely with our partners in Public Health England and the site
owner, Balfour Beatty, the site was quickly closed and affected
employees have been tested with contact tracing in place immediately.
Only a small number of the reported cases are Bristol based and the
swift actions of the company and public health professionals have
ensured this outbreak has been contained.
Reserve seats on the bus with the new ‘Book my bus ride’ service
This Monday, 27 July, we launched a pilot in partnership with West of England Combined Authorities, of the new ‘Book my bus ride’
service on the Brislington Park and Ride. This is a trial of a seat
booking system which will allow you to book your seat on the Brislington
Park and Ride in advance. This new trial has been brought forward to
help customers travel at busy times, as capacity on board is currently
reduced due to social distancing.
are delighted to announce that four Bristol City Council park cafes
have signed up to the Governments new Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Get
50% off your bill (up to the value of £10 per person) when you eat in at
Blaise Castle Estate Café, St George Park’s Bake Box, Hengrove Park’s
Beach Hut Café and Ashton Court’s Courtyard Café, which will have its
own two-course set menu.
This scheme will run throughout August, Monday through to Wednesday only
and alcoholic drinks are not included in the scheme. You can find out
more about the scheme on the Government website.
Cemeteries and crematoriums return to normal opening hours from 1 August
From tomorrow, 1 August, cemeteries and
crematorium grounds will return to normal opening hours (Monday to
Friday, 9am to 7pm, and 11am to 4:30pm on weekends and bank holidays).
Book of remembrance rooms are open at both South Bristol and Canford
(Monday to Friday, 4pm to 7pm, and 11am to 4:30pm on weekends and bank
All onsite toilets will also be re-opened and available for use.
How to ensure people providing care at home have the correct PPE
Do you, or someone you know receive care and support from a registered
care provider or organisation? If so, the manager of that organisation
has responsibility to ensure their staff has adequate Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE). Bristol based organisations can email email@example.com
if they have any concerns about their supply of PPE. If you receive a
direct payment from the council and employ a Personal Assistant, you can
use your direct payment to purchase PPE.
Unfortunately the Council cannot recommend any suppliers but suppliers
should be able to evidence the appropriate CE marking, EN code and
Declaration of Conformity of the product.
If you have difficulties purchasing PPE orto find out more click here and then click ‘Get help’, you’ll find the information under ‘Vulnerable people’.
Thanks to all emergency volunteers
shielding ending today, 31 July, we will be winding down many parts of
our COVID-19 emergency volunteer response by Friday 14 August. We will
still be taking referrals for people who are self-isolating and over
coming months we will continue linking some volunteers to those people
who are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19 symptoms,
quarantine or have been advised to do so, but at a smaller scale that
matches the current needs.
We are ready to mobilise volunteer support on a large scale again,
should it be needed, and are aware that many people have enjoyed having
easy access to help from fellow Bristolians. This has only been possible
because of a huge collective effort across the whole city. We want to
harness this positive energy and we will continue to build on this
effort. Meanwhile you can still volunteer and find volunteering
opportunities on the Can Do Bristol website.
Last chance to win £100 of shopping vouchers!
you entered our selfie competition yet? If not, you’ve got just over
one week left to send us your snaps, to be in with a chance of winning
£100 of shopping vouchers, donated by Broadmead BID.
We’ve seen some weird and wonderful face coverings hitting the streets
of Bristol since it became mandatory to wear one in all shops, as well
as on public transport, and we want to see yours!
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is head to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Nextdoor
pages and either post or comment with a selfie of you wearing your face
covering. Don’t forget to tag Bristol Council and/or use
The competition will close on Monday 10 August at 9am. You can read the full terms and conditions here.
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