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

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There are links to all the previous newsletters here

This is the most recent newsletter, number 67 issued January 14th:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Dear resident,

With case numbers of COVID-19 increasing across the city, this continues to be a critical time. The latest figures for Bristol show the coronavirus case rate has increased to 505 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days. The current R rate in the South West is between 1.1 and 1.5 – one of the highest in the country.
The strain on our local hospitals is also increasing. As of yesterday (13 January), 370 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been admitted to hospitals in the area in the past seven days, adding to the already severe pressures healthcare staff are working under.
To keeps ourselves and others safe, and protect the NHS, we must all continue to do the most we can to avoid spreading the virus. If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test at one of our five sites in Bristol. By getting a test you can help protect your household and our city, and if you test positive, you must self-isolate immediately.
As we approach the weekend, I’d like to thank you all for the sacrifices you are continuing to make as we work as a city to stem the spread of the virus. Please remember, the best action we can all take is to stay at home, only leaving for essential shopping, exercise, or to get a COVID-19 test.
Take care,
Marvin Rees, Mayor of bristol

Freephone 0800 694 0184
Mon - Fri, 8.30am to 5pm

Sat - Sun, 10am to 2pm

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Lockdown restrictions – reminder

We know that the national lockdown restrictions are challenging, but we must keep going to drive down the infection rate in Bristol.
Under the rules of the national lockdown:

  • You must stay at home
  • Work from home if you can
  • You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary, e.g. to shop for basic necessities, seek medical assistance or get a COVID-19 test
  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with
  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day.
  • Colleges, secondary and primary schools are closed, and open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers

 Familiarise yourself with the full restrictions on the government website.

If you have symptoms and need to book a COVID-19 test, visit or call 119. 

Shielding advice for vulnerable people

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, please follow the government guidance on shielding to protect yourself from COVID-19:

  • Stay at home as much as possible and limit the time you spend outside your home
  • Work from home if you can – you should not attend work, school, college or university
  • Avoid going to shops or pharmacies – instead ask others to collect shopping and medication for you

 There are two ways you may be identified as clinically extremely vulnerable:

  •  You have one or more of conditions listed on the government website
  • Your clinician or GP has added you to the Shielded Patient List because, based on their clinical judgement, they deem you to be at a higher risk of serious illness if you catch the virus

You can read the full guidance on the government website.
If you are in urgent need of food, medicine or other necessities whilst shielding, you can call the free We Are Bristol helpline on: 0800 694 0184. The phone line is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm.

COVID-19 testing sites in Bristol

Even during lockdown it’s important to get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms include a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

We currently have five testing sites in the city for people who have symptoms:

  • BAWA Leisure Centre in Filton
  • Brislington Park and Ride (2.1m height restriction for vehicles entering the site)
  • Hengrove Leisure Park
  • Netham Park in Redfield
  • Rear of the Victoria Rooms in the city centre.

If you visit one of our testing sites, please:

  • Do not use a taxi or public transport
  • Wear a face covering at all times, including going to and from the testing site
  • Attend the test site alone where possible
  • Go straight to the testing site and go straight home after – do not stop anywhere on route.

 If you have symptoms, self-isolate and book an appointment as soon as possible at or by calling 119.

Has the pandemic affected your job, income or wellbeing?

Join the Blue Monday virtual jobs fair on 18 January, 11am to 3pm, to connect with employers, careers advisors and support services.
You will have access to job vacancies from a range of sectors including health, social care, engineering and construction. Advice and support services will also be available, covering topics such as mental health, housing, debts and benefits.
Over 40 organisations are taking part in the virtual event including Openreach, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, Proud to Care, Bristol Mental Health Employment Service, St Pauls Advice Centre and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
Find the full list and information on how to attend on the Ways2Work website.

Have you noticed changes in someone you care about?

Domestic abuse or violence can happen to anyone. Since the pandemic began, we have seen a national rise in the number of people being referred to domestic abuse support services.
Learn how to spot signs for concern and how to support someone you’re worried about on the Are you OK website.
If you are concerned that someone you know is being badly treated, there’s help at hand. Contact Next Link Domestic Abuse services on 0117 925 0680 or chat online at
Support for men experiencing domestic abuse is also available. Contact Victim Support on 07432 504 692 or email  
If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

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