Further information can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19).







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
  • Service Status
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant
  • Protecting the vulnerable
  • The R number, growth rate in the UK and local infection rates
  • Chichester District Foodbank
  • Christmas campaign - support local
  • Share this with a friend
  • Animal welfare guidance
  • Energy efficiency grants
  • Making a childcare bubble with another household
  • Visiting care homes
  • Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral
  • Guidance for businesses and venues in England
  • New protections for renters over duration of national restrictions
  • Foreign travel advice
  • Gigabit voucher scheme for businesses and residents
  • Share this with a friend

Latest guidance

National restrictions are currently in place. You can find the full guidance here: National restrictions from 5 November .

Service status

Chichester District Council services are operating as usual, except for The Novium Museum, which is currently closed and will reopen when the national restrictions have been lifted. Our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, will also be closed during the lockdown. An update on our services can be found at .

Local Restrictions Support Grant

Businesses forced to close in England are eligible to apply for a one off grant payment to reflect the national lockdown period from 5 November - 2 December 2020. There are three rates of grant payments, ranging from £1,334 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or lower; £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000, but less than £51,000; and £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above. It's also important to be aware that pubs and restaurants that have had to close, but which are continuing to operate by offering a takeaway only service, are also eligible to apply for a business rate grant. If you are eligible for this grant, you can apply by visiting Coronavirus support for businesses where we are listing the support that is available and providing the latest updates. The application process will be up and running by the end of the week. Please note businesses which are eligible for these grants will receive a lump sum payment based on their rateable value. You can find out more about the Government's scheme on its  website . We will also be administering a discretionary grants scheme for business rates and we are working rapidly to get this scheme up and running. As soon as this is available, you will be able to find information on how to apply at: Coronavirus support for businesses. We will also be promoting this through all of our communication channels, including our email newsletter and social media channels.

Protecting the vulnerable

The Government's shielding programme will not be active during the forthcoming national lockdown. Instead, those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to coronavirus will be contacted by the Government with detailed advice to follow while the new restrictions are in place. You can find out more details on the Government website .

We are working with partners to put in place a range of support for vulnerable people during this challenging period. This includes working with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to deliver emergency food and other supplies during lockdown to people who had no other means of accessing assistance through the Community Hub and supporting rough sleepers off the streets.

The most vulnerable people in our district are being supported through West Sussex County Council's Community Hub . We would encourage anyone who needs support to contact the Community Hub. The best way to do this is online but there is also a dedicated telephone helpline available for residents who need it: 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.

Many of our local voluntary groups are also preparing to respond to assist those most in need, including picking up prescriptions and carrying out shopping.

If you are living alone and feeling isolated, please also remember that our Chichester Wellbeing and Social Prescribing services are also available to help. They can be reached online at  Chichester Wellbeing or by calling 01243 521041.

The R number, growth rate in the UK and local infection rates

Find the latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus in the UK on the  Government website . The guidance also includes the latest estimates by NHS England regions.

You can also find the latest infection rates in our area on West Sussex County Council's website .

Chichester District Foodbank

Every day people go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy, to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. No one should have to go without food, and so along with our partners and other community groups, we work very closely with the Chichester District Foodbank to help those who need support the most. To find out how you can access help, please visit Chichester District Foodbank .

Christmas campaign - support local

This Thursday, (12 November) we are launching our Christmas campaign with our partners and the Observer series, to support local businesses. The campaign originally aimed to encourage people to shop local, visit local and support local. However, due to the national restrictions introduced by the Government, the initial stage of the campaign will focus on encouraging people who may be planning to buy gifts during November to support local businesses offering a selection of unique and beautiful gifts, by using their delivery and click and collect services, and to support local deliveries and takeaways. Once the restrictions are lifted and businesses can reopen their doors, the second stage of the campaign will shine a light on the many reasons to visit and shop in one of the district's fantastic High Streets.

Building on the success of last year's campaign, the council has produced personalised illustrated gift tags for the city and each of the towns to help promote the unique Christmas gifts and experiences the district has to offer. It is intended that when the restrictions are lifted, the gift tags will be handed out by a range of businesses when people purchase gifts. You can also download them and find out more about the campaign at .

Make sure that you also look out for our special Facebook frames that you can add to your profile picture to show that you are supporting local businesses. Find out more about the campaign in our latest news.

Animal welfare guidance

You can find the latest guidance on looking after the welfare of animals during the pandemic on the  Government website .

Energy Efficiency Grants

Eligible homeowners in the Chichester District are able to apply for a special grant to upgrade their homes' energy performance after Chichester District Council received a pot of Government funding.

Chichester has been awarded a share of just over £3.1 million from the Government's Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, which aims to help improve energy efficiency in people's homes. This will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The grants are for homeowners and tenants with household incomes of less than £30,000 and who live in properties with low energy performance ratings. You can find out more and book a free assessment by visiting Warmer Homes or calling freephone 0800 038 5737. You can also read further about the scheme here in our latest news.

Making a childcare bubble with another household

The Government has published guidance on how you can get informal childcare for children aged 13 or under from friends and family you do not live with.

A childcare bubble is where one household links with one other household to provide informal childcare to a child or children aged 13 or under. They can provide the childcare in either or both of the homes from the two households. 'Informal' childcare means it is unpaid and unregistered. The childcare can be provided where necessary in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors. Find out more here:  Childcare bubble .

Visiting care homes

Find the latest guidance on how care homes can allow families and visitors to visit residents while national restrictions are in place here: Visiting care homes .

Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral

Find the latest guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic in line with the new national restrictions here: Funeral guidance .

Guidance for businesses and venues in England

Find the latest guidance setting out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England in line with the new national restrictions on the  Government website .

New protections for renters over duration of national restrictions

The Government has announced that renters will be protected during the national restrictions, with no bailiff enforcement action until the 11 January 2021 at the earliest, to support individuals and families who have found themselves in financial difficulty through no fault of their own. Find out more here: Protection for renters .

Foreign travel advice

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provides guidance on coronavirus and non-coronavirus risks overseas. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of coronavirus risks.

From 5 November to 2 December, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or education: Foreign travel advice .

Gigabit voucher scheme for businesses and residents

Residents and small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas of West Sussex can now benefit from the fastest and most reliable broadband connectivity if they choose to 'go gigabit'.

Thanks to collaboration between the county's local authorities, more money is now available to pay for gigabit-capable broadband connectivity through the Government's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

You can find out more on West Sussex County Council's website .

The deadline to apply for a voucher is 31 March 2021. For more information and to check eligibility visit the DCMS website . Alternatively, email broadband@westsussex.gov.uk for more information, help and assistance.

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