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
  • Update on the vaccine rollout
  • Hands, Face, Space
  • Getting tested for coronavirus
  • Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings
  • Business grants
  • Support for the vulnerable
  • Look out for your neighbour
  • Changes to refuse and recycling collections until 18 January
  • If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus
  • Guidance for supported living services
  • Safer travel guidance
  • Updated guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
  • Thank you for supporting our Christmas campaign
  • Chichester Wellbeing offers free, friendly advice to residents
  • New Census 2021 job opportunities
  • Share this newsletter with a friend

Latest update

The Government has introduced a new national lockdown. This action has been taken by the Government due to a significant rise in infection rates across the country, caused by a new strain of coronavirus which is much more transmissible. The Government is concerned about the impact that this is having on our hospitals, which are under more pressure from coronavirus than any time since the start of the pandemic.

We have been told that we must stay indoors other than for limited exceptions - such as essential medical needs, food shopping, exercise and work that cannot be done at home. Schools and colleges have been told that they must move to remote teaching for the majority of students until at least half-term. The full guidance can be found on the Government website .

Please play your part and 'Stay Home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives'.

On 6 January, the Education Secretary gave a statement  to the House of Commons on the closure of education settings during national lockdown. He confirmed that GCSEs and A and AS Level exams will not go ahead this summer. Vocational and technical exams that are due to take place this month can continue where schools and colleges judge it right to do so.

Service status

The majority of our services are currently operating as usual, although our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, and our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre, are currently closed in line with the national lockdown. An update on our services can be found at:
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Update on the vaccine rollout

This week, the first dose of the new Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was administered. This is the second Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK.

People have started to be vaccinated within the district and more sites will become operational over the coming days.

More details on the vaccination programme in Sussex can be found here: Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme , and we will continue to update you when we receive more information from our partners in the NHS. It's important to remember that the NHS will contact you when you are due to access your vaccine, so please do not contact them beforehand.

The website also includes what to expect when you have your vaccination and a detailed list of FAQs, which can be found here: Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme FAQs . This page also provides contact details if people have a question or want to give feedback:

  • Email: sxccg.contactus@nhs.net
  • Telephone: 01273 238 725

As a council, we have put forward sites for the NHS to consider. These include buildings we own and also sites other partners have suggested. All of this information has been given to the NHS to decide which sites are suitable because they have to meet strict criteria. St Richard's Hospital has been vaccinating people since Monday - we've heard that this is going very well - and we are aware that other sites are starting to come online across the district. The NHS will be providing us with an update today and once we have this we will share it through all of our communication channels, including our coronavirus pages. We may also send out an additional newsletter focusing on this.

Hands, face, space

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. Remember - 'Hands. Face. Space.'

  • Wash hands: keep washing your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • 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 .

Getting tested for coronavirus

Information about how to get tested for coronavirus can be found on the  Government website .

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. For more information about the app, see the  NHS website and for details about how Test and Trace works, see the  Government website .

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

On 5 January, the Government updated the list of critical workers (key workers) and vulnerable children and young people who can access full-time education provision during the coronavirus outbreak.

Critical workers include parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus and the EU transition response, those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the guidance. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required.

Business grants

We currently have a range of business grants available for district businesses that were affected by the second national lockdown in November 2020 and the recent local tier restrictions. If you own a business, you can find out if you are eligible and apply for all of the currently available grants here: Coronavirus support for businesses. We're also reminding businesses that we are still issuing our business recovery grants: .

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP has also announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. Further funding is being made available for councils to support other businesses not eligible for the grants that might be affected by the restrictions. As soon as we access the finer details from Government, all updates will appear on our website at: Coronavirus support for businesses, where you can also apply for grants. We will also provide updates in future newsletters, and on our social media channels.

The Government has also announced that the furlough scheme has also been extended to April 2021 and the 100% Government backed loans have been extended until March 2021. You can find the announcement on the  Government website .

Support for the vulnerable

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council to support those who are most at risk. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help in these difficult times. If you have support in place, please continue to use it. You can contact the Community Hub on 033 022 27980 or online.

Look out for your neighbour

We have created a 'look out for your neighbour' scheme to help provide people with some guidance and materials on how to safely offer support to others who need it. You can find more information at Help Your Neighbour. Here you can download and print our 'looking out for your neighbour' flyer, which can be posted through the doors of your neighbours to offer support and give them advice on safe ways to accept help. We have also created a Supporting our Communities flyer, which includes vital contact numbers, email addresses and web addresses to help you and others access a variety of support easily and quickly and we will also be adding our updated Communities Guide, which provides lots of useful information, shortly.

Changes to refuse and recycling collections until 18 January

If you haven't already, please check any changes to your waste and recycling collections following the festive period. Collections will return to normal from 18 January. You can find out more at: latest news. Please remember that you can also download your own personalised waste and recycling calendar here: Waste and recycling collection dates.

If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus

The Government has published guidance for employers and their employees of workers who may not be able to go into work because they're self-isolating, or they're clinically extremely vulnerable. The guidance sets out the relevant legal framework around absence and the return to work.

Guidance for supported living services

The Government has updated the guidance for providers of supported living settings to reflect the national lockdown in England.

Safer travel guidance

The Government has updated the guidance for passengers on how to travel safely during the national lockdown in England.

The Government has also updated the guidance for drivers and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles.

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

The guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities has been updated.

Thank you for supporting our Christmas campaign

Thank you to all of those who supported our 'support local' campaign over the Christmas period. We've received some fantastic feedback from residents, visitors and partners. Although the campaign focused on Christmas, both ourselves and the Observer series have been encouraging people to support local since the start of this pandemic - and this is something we need to continue to focus on as we move forward. Please continue to support local wherever you possibly can.

Chichester Wellbeing offers free, friendly advice to residents

Chichester District residents (and those who work in the district) can access a range of free online and telephone support from Chichester Wellbeing to help improve their health and wellbeing including emotional wellbeing, healthy eating, exercise, stopping smoking and alcohol reduction. Find out more at latest news.

New Census 2021 job opportunities

The Office for National Statistics are preparing for this year's Census and are currently recruiting Census area manager, Communal establishments team leader and officer, Census officer, and Census mobile officer roles. You can find out current openings, FAQs and apply at: Census jobs .

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