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

Local news

  • Service status
  • Vaccination programme in the Chichester District
  • Covid-19 vaccination scams
  • May elections
  • Apply for business grants
  • Business grants webinar on 19 February - book now
  • Census 2021 - guide for community groups
  • Support for the vulnerable
  • Virtual half term activities with the Novium
  • Online WellBalanced workshops
  • Stay up to date

National news

  • Mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February
  • Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus
  • Vaccine Deployment Minister on rollout and variant mitigation
  • Latest monitoring data confirms safety of coronavirus vaccines

 

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Latest update

This week, the Prime Minister gave a statement on coronavirus and provided an update on the rollout of vaccinations, encouraging over 70s to contact the NHS if they haven't been offered the vaccine.

Also this week, the Government announced a new partnership with vaccine manufacturer CureVac  to rapidly develop new vaccines in response to new coronavirus variants, if needed.

As you will know from our previous updates, we are regularly meeting with our NHS colleagues for updates on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccination programme in our district, and all updates can be found here: Coronavirus support for residents. We are pleased to say that our Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester is going to be used as a new vaccination site. You can read more about this below.

Thank you for following the rules of the national lockdown. Please continue to stay home; protect the NHS; and save lives. In line with the current restrictions, 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. For the very latest advice on restrictions, please visit the  Government website .

Local News

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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Vaccination programme in the Chichester District

Following a meeting with our NHS colleagues last Friday, you can find an update on the rollout of the vaccination programme across the Chichester District here: word icon NHS Vaccination Programme update_5 February 2021 [16kb].
Please note that the figures referred to in the document will have changed considerably since the document was created.

Since our meeting last Friday, we're pleased to say that the NHS has announced that they will be using our Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester as a new vaccination site. You can find out more about this in a statement given by the NHS to the Chichester Observer .

As you will know from our previous updates, we have been working closely with the NHS and sharing residents' concerns about the need for a vaccination site in the city centre, so we are really pleased that this has been agreed.

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated and would like to, are now able to contact the national booking service directly to arrange an appointment. To do this, people can visit NHS - Covid vaccination or call 119. The national booking service shows appointments at the larger vaccination centres and at the select pharmacy led services and allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them. GP led vaccination services are also continuing to work this week, and their teams are contacting people in the eligible groups directly over the coming days to offer appointments at these local services.

We are sharing updates from the NHS as we receive them, and these can all be found on our website at Coronavirus support for residents.

NHS FAQs and contact information can be found on the Sussex Health and Care website .

Beware Covid-19 vaccination scams

We are warning people to be on their guard against fake Covid-19 vaccination appointment text and email messages. Some people are receiving a text or email notification of their 'vaccination appointment' and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link. This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP-led vaccination services. It's important to remember that the Covid-19 vaccination is only available from the NHS and it is free - you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.

Action Fraud  has put together a useful list of facts and advice to help people spot false information.

May elections

The Government has recently confirmed that the elections scheduled for 6 May will go ahead. In the Chichester District, elections will take place to elect West Sussex County Councillors and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. Additional measures will be in place to make sure that the polling stations and count are run in a Covid-safe way. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by visiting Gov.uk - register to vote before 19 April 2021.

If you are unable to go to the polling station on election day, or would prefer not to vote at your polling station, all voters are entitled to vote using a postal vote. If you would like to vote by post, simply download an application form , or call our helpline on 01243 521010.

Application forms for postal votes and changes to existing postal votes must be received by 5pm on 20 April 2021.

More information about the May elections can be found here: Current elections .

Apply for business grants

If your business has been affected by coronavirus, funding is still available. One-off top up grants are available for eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that are required to close during the current lockdown - these grants are worth £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 per property depending on rateable value. There is also a grant scheme available for businesses that are not required to close but are still affected by the current national lockdown. A range of other business support schemes are still open for businesses that have been affected by the national lockdown in November 2020 and last year's tier restrictions. Please do take the time to check our website to see if you qualify for Government funding. This funding is there to help businesses, so do please reach out to us. You can find out if you are eligible and apply here: Coronavirus support for businesses.

We've just announced that we will be running a live business grants webinar next Friday 19 February to help businesses better understand the support that's available to them. Find out more below.

Business grants webinar on 19 February - book now

If you're a district business that has been affected by coronavirus, join us between 2-3pm for a live webinar next Friday 19 February to find out more about the Government grant funding on offer. We'll help you make sense of all the grants available, explain which businesses can apply for each option, and will answer any questions you may have. To take part in the webinar, you will need to book your place at and our team will then send you the joining details. You can also view all of the grants available, here: Coronavirus support for businesses.

Census 2021 - guide for community groups

We are working with the Office for National Statistics to help keep our residents, businesses and communities updated on the upcoming census, which takes place on 21 March. If you are part of a local community group or organisation and would like to help spread the word about the census within your community, there is a useful handbook to help you do this. You can find a link to this on our website: . You can also contact the Census Engagement Manager for our area, John Heaton, by emailing john.heaton37@field.census.gov.uk

The census provides a unique snapshot of the society we live in and helps all kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, to plan and provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. In March, people will receive a letter in the post inviting them to take part and giving them all the details on how to do this. In the meantime, you can find out more about the census at Census 2021 - About the census , where you will find lots of information, including how data is kept safe and how you will be invited to submit your census form.

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 .

Virtual half term activities with the Novium

The Novium Museum will be taking part in the South Downs National Park's virtual Dark Skies festival next week. From Monday 15 February until Friday 19 February, there will be a series of space videos, storytelling and craft activities available on the museum's YouTube and Facebook channels and on its Virtual Museum web page , which is also packed full of other craft and learning activities as well as virtual access to the museum's exhibitions.

Online WellBalanced workshops

Our Wellbalanced for Wellbeing workshops are currently being delivered online, offering advice and support for people aged 65 and over who have recently experienced a fall, feel unsteady on their feet or are worried that they, or their loved ones, may fall in the future. Developed with qualified instructors, the sessions give important advice about what people should do if they experience a fall, and offer access to a range of gentle exercise programmes led by instructors qualified in falls prevention, helping people to get back on their feet and feeling confident again. To find out more, call Chichester Wellbeing on 01243 521041 or email info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk

Stay up to date

Keep up to date on all the latest council news by visiting our Latest News page. Here, you can find:

  • an update on The Local Plan Review and all of the work that is being done around this
  • our Leader's weekly District Dispatch column
  • cold weather alerts as they are issued by the Met Office, and
  • previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.

National news

Mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February

The Government has announced that from 15 February anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK's travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a Government-approved facility for ten days.

The Health Secretary has given a statement  to Parliament, setting out three elements of the strengthened system for international arrivals: hotel quarantine, testing and enforcement. 

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus

The Government has updated the guidance to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic.

Vaccine Deployment Minister on rollout and variant mitigation

The Government has published a statement by the Minister for Vaccine Deployment, explaining why the current vaccine rollout is vitally important for protecting the healthcare system, providing an update on its progress.

Latest monitoring data confirms safety of coronavirus vaccines

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced that routine safety monitoring and analysis confirms the safety of the approved coronavirus vaccines remains as high as expected from the clinical trial data that supported the approvals.

Data published from the UK's independent medicines regulator also confirms approved vaccines meet strict regulatory standards for safety.

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