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

This is the last update that we will be sending before Christmas and so is a bit longer than usual.

  • Latest update
  • Hands, Face, Space
  • Vaccine rollout
  • Getting tested for coronavirus
  • Forming a Christmas household bubble
  • Covid cover at CDC over Christmas
  • Changes to refuse and recycling collections this Christmas
  • Parking incentives
  • Shop Local, Visit Local, Support Local campaign
  • Government grants for businesses
  • Community wardens helping spread some festive cheer
  • Chichester Wellbeing offers free, friendly advice to residents
  • Improve your cyber security this festive period
  • Minimal Covid cases at the University of Chichester
  • More measures to support rough sleepers and prevent homelessness
  • Modernising the way that residents access our services
  • Business support schemes will be repeated in 2021
  • New Food Waste Recycling Service for businesses
  • Business support project with the HSE
  • EU transition information for businesses
  • New NHS Test and Trace plan to support return to more normality
  • Business evictions ban extended until March 2021
  • Arranging or attending a funeral
  • Be on guard against loan fee fraud
  • The Novium Museum to host exhibition about Graylingwell
  • Share this newsletter with a friend

Latest update

Following the Government announcement on Thursday 17 December, the Chichester District will remain in 'Tier 2: High Alert' of the local restriction system. You can find out what you can and cannot do in this tier at: local restrictions .

As we head towards Christmas Day and with infections rising - especially in the south east - people are being urged to exercise personal responsibility over their plans for Christmas and reduce social contact during this period. The Prime Minister is urging people to have a smaller celebration this year, which will be safer and help reduce the spread of coronavirus. People are being encouraged to consider the risk of more social contact with others, and to think seriously about who they should form a bubble with. People are also being asked to think carefully about whether it is appropriate to visit elderly or vulnerable relatives, and consider delaying visiting elderly relatives until after they have been vaccinated. The advice from Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, is to keep gatherings small, not to travel too far, and to avoid travelling from high prevalence areas to low prevalence areas.

A new variant of coronavirus has been identified which may be associated with the recent faster spread of the virus in the south east. As infection rates increase across the south east, it is absolutely critical than we all continue to follow the local restriction rules within our tier.

We also need to continue washing our hands regularly and using hand sanitiser, continue wearing face coverings when in enclosed or public areas, keep our distance from others, and increase ventilation when indoors.

Hands, face, space

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Wash hands: keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face: wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, and
  • Make space: stay at least two metres apart - or one metre with a face covering or other precautions.

You can find more information on what you need to do at Coronavirus (COVID-19) while the very latest government advice is available at Gov.uk - Coronavirus .

Vaccine rollout

Tuesday 8 December marked the start of the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. You can find out more about how the rollout at: Covid-19 vaccine rollout .

Getting tested for coronavirus

Information about how to get tested for coronavirus has been updated at: Covid-19 getting tested .

If you haven't already, please consider downloading the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app . This will help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus, allowing NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak. The app also has a symptom checker, to help you decide whether you need a test or not. If you do, it gives you the option to book one. The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Find out more about how Test and Trace works .

Forming a Christmas household bubble

Find out about forming a ' Christmas bubble '.

Covid cover at CDC over Christmas

Even though many of our staff will be taking some annual leave over the Christmas period, many of our services will continue to operate and others will be on call to respond to any issues or emergencies. If you do need to reach us in an emergency out of working hours you can call us on 01243 785339.

Changes to refuse and recycling collections this Christmas

We are encouraging people to make a note of the changes to their waste and recycling collections over the festive period. You can find out more at: latest news.

Parking offers

Don't forget that there is free parking every weekend in December 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 .

Shop Local, Visit Local, Support Local this Christmas

Keep on supporting your local businesses as part of our Shop Local campaign. Whether you are a resident or business, it's not too late to get involved, you can find out more at .

New Covid support business grant up and running

The Government grant scheme, 'Christmas support payment for wet led pubs,' is now open for applications. Pubs in our district will be eligible for a one-off payment of £1,000 if they bring in less than 50% of their income from food sales. For full details on the eligibility criteria and to apply, please visit: Business rates announcements. All applications must be received by 31 January 2021.

We are also working on two other new business support schemes. This week, businesses that have been required to close due to Tier 2 local restrictions will be able to apply for grant funding as part of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme. A further scheme will soon be live to support businesses that are experiencing financial losses due to Tier 2 restrictions - this scheme is called Local Restrictions Support Grant (open). More information will be published soon at: Business rates announcements.

We're also reminding businesses that were closed during the recent national restrictions to make sure that they apply for grant funding through our website via the above web page, and that we are also still issuing our business recovery grants: .

Community wardens helping spread some festive cheer

Chichester District Council's Community Wardens team are busy helping spread some festive cheer to people across the district this Christmas. Find out more at: latest news.

Chichester Wellbeing offers free, friendly advice to residents

Chichester District residents can access a range of free online and telephone support from Chichester Wellbeing to improve their health and wellbeing over the festive season and throughout the year. Find out more at: latest news.

Improve your cyber security this festive period

The Government has issued guidance on how to stay safe online this Christmas. They have shared a number of simple tips at: NCSC - cyber aware .

Minimal Covid cases at the University of Chichester

The University of Chichester is continuing to work hard to deliver a safe and secure environment for students and staff. When students returned home at the end of face-to-face teaching on 9 December the university had only two active cases out of a population of 5,500 students and 1,000 members of staff. It will be offering asymptomatic testing to all students and members of staff when they return. The university continues to work closely with local and national health officials.

More measures to support rough sleepers and prevent homelessness

A £60,000 government grant will be used to help keep rough sleepers off the streets in Chichester District during the continuing pandemic and also help a local charity extend their support for rough sleepers. We have also More people in Chichester District will be supported as part of council's revised homelessness prevention policy to enable more people to be supported.

Modernising the way that residents access our services

A package of measures will be introduced to our Customer Service Centre to help modernise the way in which residents access our council's services. You can find out more at: latest news.

Business support schemes will be repeated in 2021

Our Cabinet have agreed to continue the Enabling Grants Scheme and the Independent Retail Support Programme for 2021. You can find out more about the decision at: latest news.

New Food Waste Recycling Service for businesses

Businesses can save money and help the environment after we launched a new Business Food Waste Recycling Service. You can find out more at: latest news.

Business Support Project with the HSE

We are continuing to work closely with local businesses to help them stay COVID-secure through a new project with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
As part of this project, the HSE will be in touch with a number of local businesses to ensure they have everything they need to offer a safe COVID-secure environment. If you are a local business, you may receive a phone call from HSE as part of this project. The number may appear withheld but the person will identify themselves as being from the Health and Safety Executive, and if you wish to, you can verify an officer that calls by contacting HSE on: 0300 790 6896.

EU transition information for businesses

If you are a business that trades with countries in the EU, please keep up to date with all the latest information about the changes in arrangements which will begin on 1 January 2021. Find out more at: Gov.uk - Transition .

New NHS Test and Trace plan to support return to more normality

As part of the Government's coronavirus Winter Plan, NHS Test and Trace has set out a new business plan for the next phase of the service. The plan sets out the approach to disrupt and prevent coronavirus transmission, protect people's health and enable people to return towards a more normal way of life. Find out more at: NHS Test and Trace plan .

Business evictions ban extended until March 2021

Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021. You can find out more at: Business evictions ban .

Arranging or attending a funeral

Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic has been updated. Find out more at: Funeral guidance .

Be on guard against loan fee fraud

The Financial Conduct Authority have launched their Loan Fee Fraud Campaign to raise awareness of the issue and encourage people to go through the three-step loan fraud checklist to protect themselves. Loan-fee fraud is a type of scam that targets people who are looking for loans online. Scammers then contact the victims to offer them a loan but ask for an upfront fee. Scammers often pressure people to pay the upfront fee quickly, or they might ask for payment in an unusual way such as with vouchers or a money transfer. Ultimately, the victim never receives the loan.

Find out more about how to protect yourself and loved ones at FCA - loan fee fraud .

The Novium Museum to host exhibition about Graylingwell

Chichester Community Development Trust is launching an exhibition at The Novium Museum from 23 January 2021, which will tell the story of Graylingwell Hospital's important role in Chichester's history, and the pioneering mental health treatment of the past century. Find out more at: latest news.

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