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This is the most recent newsletter, number 39 issued September 11th:
Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter
>From Monday, a new law will be in place limiting the numbers of
people at social gatherings. You must not meet in a group of more than
six, indoors or outdoors, except in specific circumstances. More
information on the rules and exemptions are available here.
As of yesterday, we have had 1,606 reported coronavirus cases in
Bristol. Whilst we have noticed a slow rise in numbers, I want to
reassure you that the numbers are still low and expected with the city
opening up. You can view the latest local data here.
For families whose children have been returning to school, we hope this
has been an exciting time for them; restarting their learning, catching
up with friends and seeing their teachers who have surely missed them.
It has also been a worrying time for parents, particularly those who
have seen this week that some schools have reported cases of Covid-19
among students. Teaching staff have robust plans in place to manage any
Covid-19 outbreaks and it is still important children attend school
where safe, not only for their education but for their mental wellness.
I recognise this will be a challenge for many of us, but by staying
alert and adhering to these rules we can help prevent a second wave and
potential local lockdowns.
Changes to government rules on seeing family and friends
rules are being introduced by the government on Monday (14 September),
which means you must not meet with people from other households in
groups of more than six. These new rules apply to all gatherings indoors
and outdoors, including private homes. This limit will be enforceable
There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than six people. For
example, the limit will not apply to individual households or support
bubbles of more than six.
Venues following Covid-19 Secure guidelines can host more than six
people in total, but no one should visit in a group of greater than six.
When you visit one of these places, such as a pub or restaurant, you
should provide your contact details to the organiser, so that you can be
contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme.
week some schools have reported cases of Covid-19 among students. The
schools are closely following Public Health England guidance and have
asked students and teaching staff who have come into close contact with
the infected pupils to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
We’re working with the schools and Public Health England to make sure
that all students, families and school staff are supported. At this
stage, the guidance is that only the child who has come into close
contact with the infected child needs to self-isolate. Siblings should
still attend school as normal and the whole family only need to isolate
if someone in their household tests positive.
Read more here.
Share your views on the new licensing proposals for the city centre
city centre has a significant concentration of alcohol-led late night
venues, and continues to witness a high number of Police related
incidents and other related crime and disorder.
We want to hear your views on the need for a Cumulative Impact
Assessment, which could help to reduce problems by making it more
difficult for venues in the area to apply for a new license, extend
operating hours or increase in size, unless they can show there would be
no adverse effect on crime, disorder and public nuisance.
Find out more and complete the survey here. The consultation closes on Wednesday 28 October 2020.
Domestic Abuse help and advice for employers
an organisation supporting adults and children in times of crisis has
launched 'Everybody's Business' – a new helpline for employers or
managers concerned about domestic abuse in their workforce.
Funded by the Home Office, the Everyone’s Business Advice Line will be a
point of contact for businesses, supporting them on how to approach
disclosures of domestic abuse by their employees, particularly in light
of Covid-19. Businesses will also receive advice so that they can
signpost staff to specialist domestic abuse services.
Find out more about Everybody’s Business helpline here.
Calling Bristol artists – help us to celebrate the pedestrianisation of the Old City
mark the pedestrianisation of the Old City and encourage people to
explore its historic streets, up to three creative commissions are
available for Bristol-based artists.
Supported by Arts Development, we’re looking for local artists to create
fun and impactful installations that will be in place for up to 12
months. We welcome a variety of semi-permanent projects, which will
encourage people to visit and explore the area.
Full details of the brief and how to apply can be found here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 September 2020.
Transformational plans for Broad Plain
Broad Plain is an area in Bristol located close to Temple Meads Station, Temple Quarter and the city centre.
We’re proposing that it’s transformed into an attractive neighbourhood,
which isn’t dominated by traffic, and has attractive public spaces as
well as pedestrian and cyclist friendly streets.
To share your views on the proposals, complete the online survey.
If you would be interested in joining a meeting to discuss the plans in
further detail, or would like to receive further information and/or the
survey in an alternative format, please email: citydesigngroup.bristol.gov.uk or call: 0117 922 3320.
Although infection rates are still low, we must be vigilant and follow
the government guidance. You can reduce your chances of being infected
or spreading Covid-19 by taking some simple precautions:
Regularly and thoroughly cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water
Avoid crowded places and where possible keep two metres apart from others not in your household
Wear a face mask or covering at times when you cannot socially distance, and on public transport and in shops
you have symptoms of coronavirus such as a high temperature, a new,
continuous cough or a loss of change to sense of smell or taste, book a test.
You will need to self-isolate with the rest of your household whilst
you wait for the result. Information on how to self isolate can be
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