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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, number 33 issued July 31st:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Hello resident,

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 coronavirus symptoms.

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. 

Stay safe and enjoy the weekend,
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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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.

You can find out more here.

Eat Out to Help Out in Bristol parks

We 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 holidays).

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 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

With 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!

Have 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 #AreYouCovered?

The competition will close on Monday 10 August at 9am. You can read the full terms and conditions here

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