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
  • Apply for business grants
  • Have you booked your place? Business grants webinar - 19 February
  • Support for the vulnerable
  • Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for businesses
  • Workplace health programme
  • How happy and healthy are your staff?
  • Stay up-to-date

National news

  • New travel guidance - how to quarantine when you arrive in England
  • Brexit Support Fund for small and medium sized businesses
  • EU Settlement Scheme reaches five million applications
  • Webinars and videos for organisations that trade with the EU

Latest update

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.

Last week, we were pleased to tell you that our Westgate Leisure Centre had been announced as a new vaccination site. We are awaiting more details from the NHS about when this will be open, as soon as we know more we will update you.

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:
Service status.

Vaccination programme in the Chichester District

Last week, our NHS colleagues announced that they will be using our Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester as a new vaccination site.

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 .

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

Have you booked your place? Business grants webinar - 19 February

If you're a district business that has been affected by coronavirus, join us between 2pm-3pm for a live webinar this 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.

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 .

Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for businesses

Businesses in West Sussex with more than 50 employees could now benefit from asymptomatic Covid-19 testing. The Government scheme is open to businesses registered in England whose employees are unable to work from home. Testing people who aren't displaying any coronavirus symptoms is an important part of the fight against the pandemic. You can find out more on the  Government website and register your business at: Gov.uk - get workplace coronavirus tests .

How happy and healthy are your staff?

A proactive approach to health and wellbeing within the workplace is key to a happier and healthier workforce and makes good business sense. Chichester Wellbeing offers a free service to employers looking to encourage staff to make healthier lifestyle choices and improve work-life balance. Investment in staff health and wellbeing does not have to involve high costs; simple measures can make a big difference. Some of the benefits experienced by businesses we have worked with include: reduced sickness and quicker return to work after illness; healthier stress levels; improved staff retention; increased productivity and motivation; and, enhanced employer reputation. To book a free Workplace Wellbeing Check or to find out more please contact workplacehealth@chichester.gov.uk or call 01243 521041.

Stay up to date

Keep up to date on all the latest council news by visiting our Latest News page.

Here, you can find:

  • any new media releases
  • our Leader's weekly District Dispatch column, and
  • previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.

National news

New travel guidance - how to quarantine when you arrive in England

The Government has published guidance on what travellers should do before and after they arrive in England , including staying at home and ordering coronavirus tests.

Everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must now:

  • quarantine for ten days
  • take a coronavirus test on day two and day eight of quarantining
  • follow the national lockdown rules

Separate guidance should be followed if a passenger has been in a country where travel to the UK is banned (sometimes called the 'red list') at any point in the ten days before arrival in the UK.

Passengers must quarantine for ten days in a managed quarantine hotel, take a coronavirus test on day two and day eight of quarantining and follow national lockdown rules. More information around booking and staying in a quarantine hotel can be found on the  Government website .

Brexit Support Fund for small and medium sized businesses

A £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund has been announced to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. SMEs who trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader to pay for practical support, including training and professional advice, to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU.

The fund will help businesses to prepare for the implementation of import controls which come into force from April and July 2021.

EU Settlement Scheme reaches five million applications

The Government has announced that it has hit the milestone of five million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme . The deadline is 30 June 2021, and European citizens can apply to secure their rights under UK law at: EU Settlement Scheme .

Webinars and videos for organisations that trade with the EU

Local businesses can view a series of webinars and videos about trading with the EU . Topics covered include importing and exporting goods, moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and details of the Government's cross-border trade forum.

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