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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 86 issued March 18th:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Hello resident,

Today is the 100th day since the start of the NHS vaccination programme. I am pleased that over a third of Bristol’s adult residents have already received the jab, and 91% of over 65 year olds have received one or more doses of the vaccine. This is all thanks to our incredible NHS and healthcare workers and I want to encourage everyone who has been invited to book their vaccine appointment. Getting people in Bristol vaccinated is crucial to our city overcoming the pandemic.

Bristol’s rate of 46 new cases per 100,000 population (data from 6 March to 12 March), is lower than the previous seven days (49 new cases per 100,000) and England’s average infection rate (59 new cases per 100,000). This reduction is reflected in all areas of the city. 

Yesterday we announced a £4.725 million recovery package to help Bristol’s high streets and the city centre to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Nine local high streets across the city will be the focus of initial support. The money will be used to improve their look and feel, reduce the number of vacant premises by providing financial support to open new businesses, including hospitality or creative spaces, and boost footfall.

Tonight at 6pm we will be launching 'Bristol Remembers' to help us reflect on the past year and the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on us all. Join us on for the premier of our film.

Thank you for all you have done, remember: hands, face, space.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol 

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Your proposals to support Bristol’s recovery

Recommendations from Bristol’s first citizens’ assembly were presented at the City Gathering last Friday 12 March. Leaders from the business, public and voluntary sectors were the first to hear the assembly’s recommendations on how Bristol recovers from COVID-19.

The 60 assembly members, who are all citizen's randomly selected to reflect Bristol’s diverse population, met online over four weekends to discuss three main issues and produce recommendations. The three main issues were:

  • Rapidly reduce the impact of our homes on climate change
  • Make changes to our neighbourhoods to make traveling easier, healthier and better for the environment
  • Tackle health inequalities in Bristol

The discussions were informed by 55 speakers including community organisations, citizens, One City partners, academics, and subject specialists and council officers.

You can take a look at the recommendations, the speaker presentations and other information on the citizens’ assembly website.

Bristol Remembers

Tonight at 6pm, we remember all the people, opportunities and important life experiences that we have lost to COVID-19.

Join us online at at 6pm for the launch of a 30 minute film that will help us to reflect, remember and begin the ever so important healing process. You’ll hear contributions from frontline teachers and doctors, members of our care and voluntary community, and faith and city leaders.

If you’re watching along with us tonight, join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BristolRemembers. 

New collection point for family household and bubble testing

Home testing kits for eligible groups who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 are now available to collect from the Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA.

Those eligible include:

  • families/support bubbles of a child or young person returning to or continuing to attend school or college
  • childminders and adults working in childcare
  • support bubbles with households that qualify for testing
  • adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders

All adults collecting testing kits will be offered the opportunity to do an assisted test first at the testing centre, to familiarise them with the process.

Eligible groups above can also get a test from 1.30pm to 7pm at:

  • Hengrove Leisure Park, BS14 0HR
  • Netham Park, BS59RU
  • Victoria Rooms Car Park, BS8 1EG

For further info, and to access home test kit instructions in 12 languages, read our guide to rapid testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 vaccination programme update

Invitations have been sent nationally to people aged 50 to 54 in the latest stage of the programme.

To manage supply issues of the vaccine, during April the vaccine programme will focus on completing all of the phase 1 priority groups (1 to 9) and second doses. Phase 2 (those under 50) will begin after April with a view to give all adults a first dose of the vaccine by the end of July.

Healthcare teams continue to urge anyone eligible for the vaccine to take up the offer and book an appointment.

If you would like anymore information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Healthier Together website.

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