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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 39 issued September 11th:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Hello resident, 
>From Monday, a new law will be in place limiting the numbers of people at social gatherings. You must not meet in a group of more than six, indoors or outdoors, except in specific circumstances.  More information on the rules and exemptions are available here.

As of yesterday, we have had 1,606 reported coronavirus cases in Bristol. Whilst we have noticed a slow rise in numbers, I want to reassure you that the numbers are still low and expected with the city opening up. You can view the latest local data here
For families whose children have been returning to school, we hope this has been an exciting time for them; restarting their learning, catching up with friends and seeing their teachers who have surely missed them. It has also been a worrying time for parents, particularly those who have seen this week that some schools have reported cases of Covid-19 among students. Teaching staff have robust plans in place to manage any Covid-19 outbreaks and it is still important children attend school where safe, not only for their education but for their mental wellness.
I recognise this will be a challenge for many of us, but by staying alert and adhering to these rules we can help prevent a second wave and potential local lockdowns.
Stay safe and have a good weekend.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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Changes to government rules on seeing family and friends

New rules are being introduced by the government on Monday (14 September), which means you must not meet with people from other households in groups of more than six. These new rules apply to all gatherings indoors and outdoors, including private homes. This limit will be enforceable in law.
There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than six people. For example, the limit will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than six.
Venues following Covid-19 Secure guidelines can host more than six people in total, but no one should visit in a group of greater than six. When you visit one of these places, such as a pub or restaurant, you should provide your contact details to the organiser, so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme.
For more information, read the government guidance on meeting safely with others.
You can also read a statement released by Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner on the new COVID-19 law.

Bristol schools confirm Covid-19 cases

This week some schools have reported cases of Covid-19 among students. The schools are closely following Public Health England guidance and have asked students and teaching staff who have come into close contact with the infected pupils to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
We’re working with the schools and Public Health England to make sure that all students, families and school staff are supported. At this stage, the guidance is that only the child who has come into close contact with the infected child needs to self-isolate. Siblings should still attend school as normal and the whole family only need to isolate if someone in their household tests positive. 
Read more here.

Share your views on the new licensing proposals for the city centre

The city centre has a significant concentration of alcohol-led late night venues, and continues to witness a high number of Police related incidents and other related crime and disorder. 

We want to hear your views on the need for a Cumulative Impact Assessment, which could help to reduce problems by making it more difficult for venues in the area to apply for a new license, extend operating hours or increase in size, unless they can show there would be no adverse effect on crime, disorder and public nuisance.
Find out more and complete the survey here. The consultation closes on Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Domestic Abuse help and advice for employers

Hestia, an organisation supporting adults and children in times of crisis has launched 'Everybody's Business' – a new helpline for employers or managers concerned about domestic abuse in their workforce.  

Funded by the Home Office, the Everyone’s Business Advice Line will be a point of contact for businesses, supporting them on how to approach disclosures of domestic abuse by their employees, particularly in light of Covid-19. Businesses will also receive advice so that they can signpost staff to specialist domestic abuse services. 

Find out more about Everybody’s Business helpline here.

Calling Bristol artists – help us to celebrate the pedestrianisation of the Old City

To mark the pedestrianisation of the Old City and encourage people to explore its historic streets, up to three creative commissions are available for Bristol-based artists.
Supported by Arts Development, we’re looking for local artists to create fun and impactful installations that will be in place for up to 12 months. We welcome a variety of semi-permanent projects, which will encourage people to visit and explore the area.
Full details of the brief and how to apply can be found here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 September 2020.

Transformational plans for Broad Plain

Broad Plain is an area in Bristol located close to Temple Meads Station, Temple Quarter and the city centre.
We’re proposing that it’s transformed into an attractive neighbourhood, which isn’t dominated by traffic, and has attractive public spaces as well as pedestrian and cyclist friendly streets.
To share your views on the proposals, complete the online survey. If you would be interested in joining a meeting to discuss the plans in further detail, or would like to receive further information and/or the survey in an alternative format, please email: or call: 0117 922 3320.

Staying Safe

Although infection rates are still low, we must be vigilant and follow the government guidance. You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading Covid-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water
  • Avoid crowded places and where possible keep two metres apart from others not in your household
  • Wear a face mask or covering at times when you cannot socially distance, and on public transport and in shops
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss of change to sense of smell or taste, book a test. You will need to self-isolate with the rest of your household whilst you wait for the result. Information on how to self isolate can be found here.
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