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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 29 issued July 3rd:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Hello resident,

This weekend Bristol’s pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses will begin to reopen.
This is very welcome news to many, who will enjoy being able to spend time out in our city once again. We appreciate that a number of businesses have decided they are not yet ready to open, and we fully respect and support individual decisions on this. The council will continue to support all businesses to make sure they are able to operate safely, and reopen when they are ready to.
While restrictions are continuing to ease, we must remember that coronavirus has not gone away. When out in public we need to stay alert, maintain social distancing where possible and avoid mass gatherings in public spaces such as our parks. Recent reports of ‘block parties’ and large groups gathering in parks and other spaces are concerning, as large groups gathering increase the risk of spreading coronavirus in our communities.
Bristol’s Local Outbreak Management plan published this week includes steps we can all take to reduce the infection rate and contain any rises of infection. These include:
  • staying at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from others
  • maintaining personal hygiene by using sanitiser gel/washing your hands with soap and water often, especially when returning home after an outing
  • using a tissue or sleeve to cough or sneeze into rather than your hands
  •  wearing face coverings on public transport.
When out this weekend, please use public spaces responsibly and follow public health guidance to help prevent any further spread of the virus in the city. As we celebrate 72 years of the NHS this weekend, I hope you will all join me in thanking everyone in our Health Service, by applauding them this Sunday 5 July at 5pm.
Have a good weekend.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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Mass gatherings

With lockdown rules easing, pubs opening and summer well on the way, many of you will be planning on meeting friends this weekend. If you, your family members or housemates are planning on going out, please keep yourself safe:

  • do not go out if anyone in the household has symptoms or feels unwell
  • wear a face covering
  • take hand sanitiser
  • try to keep a 2m distance between yourself and others.

Park playgrounds and toilets

From Monday 6 July, many of the city’s play parks will be open again. Please remember the following important guidance if visiting a playpark:
  • only one adult may accompany children at any one time
  • bring and use hand sanitiser regularly
  • wash your hands as soon as you arrive home
  • do not bring food or drink into the play area, and take your litter home
  • play equipment should only be used by one person at a time.
If you find that the play park is too busy to social distance, protect yourselves and others by leaving the area. Please note that Hengrove Park play area will remain shut until the public toilet and café facilities can reopen safely.
>From Monday 6 July, toilets at St George Park, St Andrews Park and Brandon Hill Park will reopen, joining public toilets at Ashton Court, Blaise Estate and Oldbury Court that are already open. These facilities will be cleaned regularly throughout the day to ensure they are safe for staff and residents.
Two new temporary toilet blocks have also been installed in Queen Square and by the Amphitheatre. These toilets are now open between 10am-10pm, and are cleaned throughout the day. The toilets are closed overnight.

Advice Services

We know people are currently worried about a number of issues, including work, money, benefits, immigration, as well as homes and families – this is a difficult time for everyone. Please don’t worry alone – there are services across Bristol here to help with free, expert, advice over the phone or online.
If you are worried about your situation, or about someone close to you, please do reach out for help. By helping others to access support services, they can take the steps they need to address the problems they face.
The council’s own Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service provides expert benefits and debt advice to hundreds of citizens every year.
You can find out what support is available by visiting or by calling the We Are Bristol helpline: 0800 694 0184. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm.
Don’t wait for your problems to get worse - the sooner you get in touch the sooner these agencies can help with free advice and support.

Balloon Fiesta

Covid-19 has had a major impact on events and festivals in Bristol, resulting in delays or cancellations to much-loved occasions, such as Pride, with no events planned in July. The Bristol City Council Events Team has been working closely with partners such as Bristol Festivals, to see how we can provide support.

Knowing what these events represent to communities and Bristol as whole, we’re delighted to see that the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is undertaking a Fiesta Flypast this year. Bristolians will be able to watch the balloons from the safety of their own doorsteps, and more is planned over the course of the fiesta. Visit the Balloon Fiesta website for more info.

Call and collect from Central Library

From Monday 13 July, a call and collect service will be available from the Central Library. Requests for books can be made over the phone. We hope to re-open the Central Library in September.
An additional three branch libraries, at Fishponds, Henbury and Stockwood, will reopen to the public in mid-August for limited browsing, borrowing and access to computers.
You can contact the library by calling 0117 903 7250, or by emailing:

Changes to registry services and funerals

>From tomorrow (Saturday 4 July), Registry Office ceremonies will restart in Bristol, with appropriate guest capacities and social distancing measures in place. Couples should get in touch with their chosen venue to find out how their ceremony is likely to be affected.
The number of mourners able to attend funerals, burials and cremations will be increased to 20 from this coming Monday 6 July. While social distancing measures will remain in place, witness burial will resume and mourners will be able to scatter the ashes of their loved ones.
Cemeteries and crematoriums in Bristol will take a phased approach to the expansion of their services in line with Government and public health guidance.

SS Great Britain: 50 years back home in Bristol

Bristol and Brunel’s SS Great Britain are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ship’s return ‘back home’ to the city with the release this week of a new short film.

The film, ‘Falkland Islands to Bristol: an extraordinary journey’ revisits the 1970 homecoming of the SS Great Britain, capturing the incredible rescue 50 years on with new first-person accounts and a look back at one of the most ambitious and pioneering ship rescues ever attempted. The 8,000-mile journey to Avonmouth was the longest ever under tow, and the re-floating and return to Bristol beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge was watched by crowds of spectators and millions on television.

The anniversary is being celebrated online and in an outdoor photography exhibition beside Bristol’s harbour. The free exhibition depicts dramatic moments from the audacious 1970 rescue and homecoming journey, and is presented in collaboration with the Falkland Islands Government and includes photos of Falkland Islands life today.

Keep Bristol Tidy

If you are heading out this weekend remember we all have a responsibility to keep Bristol clean and tidy and leave an area as you would like to find it.  Put your litter in a bin; if the bin is full please take your litter home. If you’ve enjoyed spending time outside, make sure the next person can too!

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