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 Grant for businesses
  • Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses
  • CDC business waste and recycling services
  • Test and Trace Self Isolation Payments
  • Royal Mail to collect coronavirus test kits 7 days a week
  • New campaign to help protect children
  • Chichester Farmers' Market
  • Parking offers
  • St Wilfrid's Christmas tree recycling scheme
  • Reopening our high streets and supporting local businesses
  • Funding for homeless projects
  • Council tax reduction scheme renewed
  • Covid recovery report update
  • Coronavirus-related advice from Citizens Advice
  • 'Make Your Change Count'
  • Chichester's Wednesday and Saturday markets
  • Energy efficiency grant
  • Share this with a friend

Latest update

The Prime Minister has announced the Government's COVID-19 Winter Plan  to set out its approach to ending the national restrictions on 2 December.

The Government has also set out the local restriction tier system that will be in place from 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier. Tomorrow (26 November), we will find out which tier our area will be in.

The Government has also made an announcement around some changes to social contact restrictions over the Christmas period between 23 and 27 December. To find out how households can form a 'Christmas bubble', visit the  Government website .

Please remember: Hands, Face and Space; increase ventilation in enclosed spaces wherever possible; and if you have symptoms, get tested and isolate yourself from others when instructed.

You can find local coronavirus information at Coronavirus (COVID-19) while the very latest Government advice is available at Gov.uk - Coronavirus .

Service status update

Our 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 while the national restrictions are in place. An update on our services can be found at .

Local Restriction Grants for businesses
One of our current priorities is making sure that any business that has had to close between 5 November and 2 December due to the current national restrictions, applies for one of the Government's local restriction grants. The process is really simple and our teams are ready to turn applications around as quickly as they can.

Find out more and apply at Business rates announcements.

Additional Restrictions Grants for businesses
Applications are now live for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme. These grants are to help the following businesses in the Chichester District:

  • Businesses who were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed but are not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme as they are not responsible for business rates (e.g. non-essential market traders, bed & breakfast, shared workspaces in the non-essential retail and hospitality sectors).
  • Businesses who, while not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector).

Businesses can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grants now by visiting: Business rates announcements.
Applications are open until 13 December 2020. Further funding opportunities will be offered if restrictions are put in place in the future and/or if funds are still available.

CDC business waste and recycling services

Our business waste and recycling team are continuing to work closely with new and existing customers to provide flexible and reliable waste management services. If you are looking to save costs on your waste collection, the team are on hand to provide information and advice, and to offer tailored solutions to suit your needs. For more information visit: Business waste and recycling .

As part of our support to business, we have been developing new business solutions and are pleased to say that we have launched a new Food Waste Recycling Service for businesses. The service, which is now available for any business that deals with food in the district and surrounding areas, provides an easy and cost effective way to recycle food waste. It is easy to use, reduces your businesses impact on the environment, and helps you to save money on waste collection costs.

For more information, visit Food waste recycling service for businesses or contact our team directly on 01243 534617.

Test and Trace Self-isolation payments

If you are on a low income and have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace since 28 September, you may be eligible for a self-isolation payment of £500.

Please note that if the NHS COVID-19 app notifies you to self-isolate because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, but you have not been contacted by NHS Test and Trace by phone, email, letter or text message, you cannot currently apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. If you test positive for coronavirus, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, even if you book your test and receive a positive test result through the app. This means you can apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

To find out more about the scheme and to see if you are eligible, please see Test and Trace Support Payments Scheme .

Royal Mail to collect coronavirus test kits 7 days a week

Royal Mail has introduced a weekend extension for some priority postboxes. Royal Mail is a key partner for the Government's national testing programme for distributing coronavirus test kits. The change means collections will now be made from more than 15,000 priority postboxes on a Sunday. Find out more at Royal Mail to collect coronavirus test kits 7 days a week .

New campaign to help protect children

A national campaign is running to protect children following evidence that suggests young people face a greater risk of sexual abuse, criminal exploitation and domestic abuse due to the impact of coronavirus. The Home Office has joined forces with charities including the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Barnardo's, and The Children's Society to launch a new campaign to protect victims of child abuse. 'Something's Not Right', encourages young people to recognise different forms of abuse, report it and get help.

Chichester Farmers' Market

Offering everything you need to make Christmas special, Chichester Farmers' Market will be operating on Friday 4 and Friday 18 December. The markets will be held in Cattle Market car park in Chichester from 9am until 2pm with social distancing measures in place to help everyone shop safely. A number of stalls will also be taking orders for Christmas. Find out more at Farmers' Market.

Parking offers
Due to the coronavirus crisis, we are not running our normal park and ride this Christmas. Instead, throughout December we will be running two parking incentives to encourage you to shop locally. There will be free parking every weekend in in our Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester. You can also select two hours and get the third hour free in the majority of our council-owned car parks every day in December across the district when using the MiPermit app. To use MiPermit visit MiPermit .

St Wilfrid's Christmas tree recycling scheme

We've teamed up with St Wilfrid's Hospice again this year to offer a simple, green and charitable way to dispose of your Christmas tree. By signing up to the Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme, the hospice's team of volunteers will collect your tree and recycle it for you from 6 to 22 January 2021, in return for a donation to the hospice.  If you are not signed up to our Garden recycling service, this is a great way to ensure your tree Christmas tree is recycled whilst supporting the hospice charity.

Visit St Wilfrid's Hospice tree recycling or call 01243 755184 to find out more and book your slot.

Reopening our high streets and supporting local businesses
On Thursday we will find out which Tier the Government plans to put us in after 2 December when the national restrictions are due to end. To offer reassurance in our High Streets and help to control queues and encourage social distancing, we are looking at introducing Covid Ambassadors. This is a temporary measure from December through to February, and they ambassadors will be funded through Government schemes.

Even though our High Streets are closed at the moment, we have continued with our Christmas campaign, which aims to encourage people to support local businesses. At the moment, the message is to use local deliveries, collections and local online suppliers — but when the restrictions are lifted, we will be encouraging people to safely return to our High Streets.

Don't forget to get involved with the campaign and help us make this Christmas a local Christmas. You can show your love of the district with our special Christmas gift tags, which you can download for free from our website, and apply special Facebook and Twitter frames to your profile pictures. Find out more at .

Funding for homeless projects

Leading councillors for Chichester District have approved funding for two organisations to support projects that will help reduce homelessness and rough sleeping in the district. Homeless charity Stonepillow and the Chichester Greyfriars Housing Association will each receive £100,000 to go to specific projects. The funding was agreed by Chichester District Council's Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 3 November 2020. Find out more at: latest news.

Council tax reduction scheme renewed

A scheme which supports low income residents across Chichester District to pay their council tax has been renewed.  The Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021 - 2022 has been agreed by Full Council at a meeting this week. If you are on a low income and are struggling to meet the cost of your Council Tax we would urge you to consider making an application. You can find out more at latest news and you can apply at Housing benefit & council tax reduction.

Covid recovery report update

A plan to help the Chichester District recover from the spring lockdown is on track in the latest update report to council leaders. A review of Chichester District Council's COVID Recovery Plan was presented to the council's Cabinet last month. The plan covers four key areas: community and housing; the economy; planning, health and environmental protection; and the organisation. Find out more at: latest news.

Coronavirus-related advice from Citizens Advice

If you are worried about financial issues as a result of the pandemic or need advice on other matters then Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice is there to help you find a way forward. In the last six months the charity has helped thousands of people and its trained team of volunteers and staff here to support you, online and by telephone.

To access their advice you can call 0344 477 1171 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm), start a web chat (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm) or read their self-advice guide .

Make Your Change Count

We are urging people to 'make their change count' and help bring about lasting change to the lives of rough sleepers as part of a new campaign. We are working with homeless charities Four Streets, HEART and Stonepillow to encourage people to give to these charities so they can support rough sleepers long-term, rather than giving money directly to people on the street. This is to help people access the specialist support that they need. Find out more at Make your change count.

Chichester's Wednesday and Saturday markets

We have given permission for a small number of traders, who would normally trade as part of the general market operated by Brays Associates, to operate a market in Chichester while the national coronavirus restrictions remain in place. In line with the Government guidance, only food products including, fruit, eggs, baked goods, fish, sausages, cheese, flowers and plants are available to purchase. The markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday in Cattle Market car park in Chichester from 8am, with the necessary social distancing measures in place.

Energy efficiency grant

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. Find out more at: latest news.

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