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Bristol Council CoronavirusNews

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, issued May 5th:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Hello resident,

Our current COVID-19 case rate in Bristol is 20 cases per 100,000 which is slightly lower than the England average which is 24 per 100,000. Currently there are 14 people in our local hospitals who are unwell with COVID-19. To date, around 200,000 people in Bristol have received one or two doses of the vaccine.

It's really positive to see that our case rate in Bristol is currently very low, but it's really important that we don't let our guard down now. If you're out and about remember: Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air.

I encourage you all to take up the offer of regular rapid testing in Bristol to help protect your friends, family and keep our infection rates low. It's not the most comfortable thing to do but it's quick, free and, to make it easy, there are many ways to get and take a test. You can get rapid tests from our collection sites and local pharmacies, or you can order them online. If you haven’t taken a test at home before and want support, you can visit our Rapid Testing Centre on Wellington Road. Find out which way works best for you by visiting our website.

Please stay safe as we continue to take one step at a time back to the things we love.
Christina Gray, Director for Communities and Public Health

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

Sat - Sun, 10am to 2pm

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COVID safe voting this Thursday

Four elections are taking place this Thursday, 6 May.

You can vote safely in person at polling stations, open from 7am to 10pm. All have safety precautions in place in line with the latest COVID-19 guidance.

To keep you and others at polling stations safe please:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Sanitise your hands before attending
  • Socially distance
  • Bring your own pen or pencil
  • If there is a queue come back at a less busy time
  • Do not attend if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or are self-isolating

If you are self-isolating on polling day you can apply for an emergency proxy vote to appoint someone to go to the polling station and vote on your behalf. Complete applications must reach us by 5pm on 6 May. Visit to find out more.

The location of your polling station is printed on your poll card, or you can check here for your polling station.

You do not need to take your poll card with you in order to vote.

For more info visit or call 0117 922 3400.

COVID vaccinations for over 40s

The NHS is now vaccinating people aged 40 and over. If you fall into this age group you should book using the NHS Booking System or by calling 119.

Nationally, supplies of the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are lower at the moment. This means that when you are invited to book your appointment on the National Booking System or by calling 119, your closest available option may be further than you are able to travel.

If this is the case, please try again as the NHS is adding new appointments as soon as they receive vaccine supply. Alternatively, your GP may get in touch to offer you an appointment if they have available slots at upcoming clinics. Your GP will contact you so please wait for their call or text message. 

Every COVID-19 vaccine dose gives us hope of getting life moving again and protecting our friends and family from the virus. Don’t delay in getting your vaccine when it is offered to you. Join the millions, get vaccinated.

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