Further information can be found at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus.







Who does it affect?

  • Residents and businesses within the district
  • Chichester District Council staff and councillors
  • Parish councils
  • Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Stay alert
  • Service changes
  • Business grants update
  • Support Your Local Businesses video
  • Free Chichester District Wellbeing courses
  • Parking offers
  • Refuse, recycling, parks and toilets
  • Community hub
  • Waste crime
  • Shielding announcement
  • Self-employed new parents can claim support grant
  • Information for parents and carers of children in early years or educational settings
  • Dairy response fund opens for applications
  • Virtual Festival of Chichester
  • Armed Forces Day - 27 June
  • Stay in touch

Latest update

This week, the Prime Minister set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back to work.

From Saturday 4 July the following will apply: 

  • Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines - updated guidance for all workplace settings can be found at: https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist
  • Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures - updated guidance on social distancing can be found at: https://bit.ly/SDUpdated
  • People will be able to enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites. Guidance on opening up the visitor economy can be found at: https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist
  • In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions will also be able to reopen, if they can do so safely. This includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres. Guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here: https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist

Following a review, the Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of 'one metre plus'. This means staying one metre apart plus mitigations, which reduce the risk of transmission. 

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. You can find more information on what you need to do at www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus and the very latest government advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Service changes
Please visitwww.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus for the latest information.

Business grants update

We have been busy distributing the latest financial support being made available to small businesses. Just over £1 million has been paid out to 136 businesses in the district from the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund. The deadline for applications was 14 June 2020. Applications continue to be processed and further funding will be issued over the coming week.

Support your local businesses video

We have just finished producing a short video as part of our Support Local campaign, which we are delivering in association with the Chichester Observer and Midhurst and Petworth Observer. The video features businesses from around the district welcoming shoppers back and highlighting the incredible amount of work that has gone in to making premises as safe as possible. You can watch the video at www.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal

Free Chichester District Wellbeing courses

Our Chichester Wellbeing team are re-launching their free Move it and Lose it workshops online to help residents make small and simple changes to lose weight, get fit, and lead a healthier lifestyle.  

Led by a Registered Nutritional Therapist, the workshops are designed to help people lose weight, get back on track and feel healthier. The workshops involve giving advice and information on eating a healthy diet for life. The workshops re-start on Tuesday 28 July.

The team are also offering free online and telephone support through this difficult time for you or your loved ones to improve your health and wellbeing.  They can support you with reducing your alcohol intake, stopping smoking and weight loss. Call 01243 521041for an appointment or email info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk.

You can also follow them on Facebook: @Chichesterwellbeing.

Parking offers

Don't forget that if you are paying to park in Chichester District Council car parks you can select two hours and get a third free if you use the Mipermit app over the next three months. We are also offering free parking at Avenue de Chartres car park on Saturdays and Sundays for the next three months.  Find out more at www.chichester.gov.uk/parking

Refuse, recycling, parks and toilets

We are continuing to empty your bins as usual, including household waste, recycling, green recycling and trade waste. The teams have been working hard to make sure that all services are running. Our parks, gardens and public toilets remain well maintained and open. Please remember to maintain social distancing when using our parks and toilets.

Community hub

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council and its Community Hub which is there to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. We have been supporting the hub by collecting and delivering food, supporting volunteers, calling people to check that they are okay.

You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help, or if you want to volunteer your services in these difficult times. This will be available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries from 8am-8pm. The team will be contacting the most vulnerable to tell them how to get help. The best way to contact the hub is online; if you have access go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/covid19communityhub.

A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980. We are trying to keep the resources available through the hub for those who are most vulnerable, so if you do have support in place already, such as from family or friends, then please continue to use their support.

Waste crime

We are continuing to urge households to play their part in preventing waste crime during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are some easy steps you can take to take to avoid unwittingly contributing to waste crime:

  • check the people taking away your rubbish are registered waste carriers. Ideally they should have a copy of their registration documents on them; ask to see these. You can check their licence number at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index or call 03708 506506 and the Environment Agency can check for you
  • get a written receipt/transfer note showing their contact details, a description of your waste and details of where they are taking it
  • note down the make, colour and registration number of the vehicle that's taking your waste away.

Shielding announcement

People who have been shielding from coronavirus over the last three months will be able to spend more outside their homes from Monday 6 July.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to six people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and live alone or are single parents with children will also be able to create a 'support bubble' with one other household of any size, following the same rules already in place for the wider population.

From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will then be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield.

They will continue to have access to priority supermarket delivery slots if they have registered online before 17 July for a priority delivery slot. NHS Volunteer Responders will also continue to offer support to those who need it, including collecting and delivering food and medicines. The food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August as individuals are advised they can visit shops and pharmacies.

To register and access a priority delivery slot: www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

From 1 August, those who need to work and cannot do so from home will be able to return to work as long as their workplace is coronavirus secure.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people should continue to follow strict social distancing measures, taking particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household and practise good, frequent handwashing.

The government will be writing to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support that will be available to them.

You can find more information at www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-to-ease-guidance-for-over-2-million-shielding

Self-employed new parents can claim support grant

The Government has announced that self-employed parents whose trading profits dipped in 2018/19 because they took time out to have children will be able to claim for a payment under the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS).

Parents who took time out of trading to care for their children within the first 12 months of birth or adoptive placement will now be able to use either their 2017-18 or both their 2016-17 and 2017-18 self-assessment returns as the basis for their eligibility for the SEISS.

Further details of the change for self-employed parents will be set out by the start of July in published guidance. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/self-employed-new-parents-can-claim-support-grant

Information for parents and carers of children in early years or educational settings

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Dairy response fund opens for applications

The dairy response fund has opened for applications from eligible dairy farmers in England in need of support following the coronavirus outbreak. The deadline for applications will be 14 August. More details can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/news/fund-to-support-dairy-farmers-opens-for-applications

Virtual Festival of Chichester

You can enjoy talks, concerts, online art viewings and quizzes as part of the Virtual Festival of Chichester which runs until the end of July. There will be at least one event per day and events will be placed online each day for a 7.30pm start. To find out more and to access the programme, see https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/the-virtual-festival-of-chichester-line-up-and-how-to-access-the-events/

Armed Forces Day - 27 June

Saturday 27 June will be the twelfth annual Armed Forces Day and the first to be marked virtually.  Chichester District Council will be flying its special flag at East Pallant House in support. For more information see www.armedforcesday.org.uk/?utm_source=GCSL_SEL&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=ArmedForcesDay

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