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
  • Online Book of Condolence for the Duke of Edinburgh
  • Support Local campaign
  • Customer Service centre
  • Business Enabling Grant Scheme
  • Chichester markets
  • Keeping safe across our district
  • 'Restart Grant' and 'Additional Restrictions Grant' schemes for businesses
  • Support for the vulnerable
  • HeartSmart walks are back!
  • Great Sussex Way competition
  • Stay up-to-date

National news

  • New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week
  • Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships
  • Providing unpaid care
  • Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
  • Working safely during coronavirus
  • Moving home
  • Visiting arrangements in care homes
  • Share this newsletter with a friend

Latest update

This week, the Government announced that all over-45s would start being offered their first Covid jab, after the target for offering all over-50s and those in high-risk groups their first dose was met early. England also joined Scotland and Wales in offering the first doses of the Moderna vaccine, the latest vaccine to be administered in the UK.

As more businesses including non-essential retail were allowed to open again from Monday, The Prime Minister urged people to continue being cautious when out and about in order to keep infection rates down.

As a reminder, the Rule of 6 is back, which means that outdoor gatherings must be limited to six people or two households. You also must not socialise indoors with anyone that you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.

You should also continue to work from home and minimise domestic travel where you can. Face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms when students return after the Easter break, unless exempt.

For more information on which businesses are open and who you can meet, please see the  Government website .

Local News

Service status

The majority of our services are currently operating as usual, and an update on all of our services can be found at: .

Our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, have now reopened their doors for certain activities. For more information, visit: Everyone Active - Chichester .

Our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre are still closed during the current restrictions. However, they are proposing to reopen their doors on 18 May subject to step three of the Government's plan to ease coronavirus restrictions. Please visit The Novium Museum for updates.

Online Book of Condolence for the Duke of Edinburgh

We have created an online book of condolence on our website in memory of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

There is also a national online book of condolence where people can leave a message for the Royal Family, which you can find at: The Royal Family - book of condolence

The Royal Family has announced that the funeral of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh will take place on Saturday 17 April at 3pm. The funeral service will begin with a national minute's silence in memory of the Duke. The service will be televised so that people can watch from home. You can find out more on the  The Royal Family website .

Due to the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, we are urging people to avoid gathering in public places to lay flowers. The Royal Family has also asked that members of the public consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes.

Support Local Campaign

Our district has a fantastic range of businesses, many of them offering unique products that you can't buy elsewhere. To help support them, we have relaunched our Support Local campaign in association with the Observer series and our partners. The campaign encourages everyone to 'Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local' wherever they can in order to help businesses back onto their feet following lockdown. Please find out more at: Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local.

As part of the campaign we are also reminding people of the importance of keeping safe and following Government guidelines so that we can continue protecting each other against the virus. We ask that people observe social distancing, wear a face covering when required, and regularly wash or sanitise their hands when visiting our high streets and local businesses.

Our Covid Ambassadors are on hand in the high streets to greet people as they visit shops and businesses, helping to control queues and encouraging social distancing. They can also be seen in tourist hotspots and areas of high footfall.

Customer Service Centre

Our priority is to keep staff and customers safe and so we are asking people wherever possible to access our services online in the first instance at www.chichester.gov.uk which is available 24 hours a day, or by email or phone. You can find a list of helpful email addresses on our  web page and you can call us on 01243 785166. We are currently adapting and improving our customer service area at East Pallant House site and we will provide a further update on this very soon.

Business Enabling Grant Scheme

This week our Enabling Grant Scheme went live to help small businesses in the district to access funding that will help them to grow and develop.

The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus support on offer and offers three types of grant - one is for capital projects; another is for website and social media projects; and the third is for start-up businesses.

To find out more please visit: Enabling Grant Scheme.

The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus support on offer, and we would urge any businesses that have been affected by the pandemic to visit: Coronavirus support for businesses to see if they are eligible for a Government Covid-19 grant.

Chichester markets

This Friday, the Chichester Farmers' Market will make a safe return to the city centre and the Wednesday and Saturday general markets will also be back in the city centre, in line with Government guidelines.  The Farmers' Market will take place in East Street between 7am and 2pm. Find out more at: Farmers' Market.

Keeping safe across our district

We have put together some general advice on keeping safe if you are out and about in our beautiful district. It highlights the safety measures and guidance in place and explains which agency is responsible for what. It covers facilities such as toilets and car parks; roads and cycle lanes; coastal locations; our high streets and in the community; and litter.

We often receive lots of questions on these topics, especially when visitor numbers increase within the area, and so we hope that people will find this useful. Find out more at: Keeping safe when out and about.

'Restart Grant' and 'Additional Restrictions Grant' schemes

The Government's Restart Grant scheme is now open for applications. These grants aim to support businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors to reopen safely as restrictions are lifted. The scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for non-essential hospitality, leisure, personal care and gym premises. Please visit our website to find out if you are eligible and to apply: Business rates announcements.

An Additional Restrictions Grant is also now live, which will help businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic but which aren't eligible for the Restart Grants scheme. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible and to apply: Business rates announcements.

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 online or on 033 022 27980.

HeartSmart Walks are back!

Our HeartSmart walks are now back up and running in-line with Government guidelines and led by trained volunteer walk leaders. We aim to show you routes, encourage you to keep your heart healthy, and help you meet other people you might like to walk with. There is a full programme of walks available throughout the district with routes of differing lengths, ranging from a circumnavigation of Priory Park and gentle coastal strolls to longer walks on the South Downs. The full programme can be found at: Health events and campaigns along with details of how to book. For more information or for assistance with booking a walk, please call 01243 521041 or email info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk

Great Sussex Way Competition

Over the month of April, Great Sussex Way (formerly Visit Chichester) is hosting a competition to learn about your perfect weekend get-away and there are some exciting prizes on offer. We have so many beautiful places and wonderful attractions to boast of in the Chichester District, that you'll be spoilt for choice! For more details, visit: The Great Sussex Way website . The competition will run for the whole of April, closing at midnight on the 30th.

Stay up to date

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

  • More information about our campaign to help support local businesses and encourage people to 'Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local',
  • This week's District Dispatch column from our Chief Executive, and
  • Previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.


National news

New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week

On 9 April, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched a major public information campaign encouraging people to get into the habit of using lateral flow tests twice a week.

Everyone in England is able to access free, regular rapid coronavirus testing delivered through:

  • a home ordering service
  • workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home
  • community testing
  • collection at a local test site
  • testing on-site at schools and colleges
  • collection from participating pharmacies

The campaign will run across TV, radio, press, digital, and social media.

Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England has been updated to reflect changes in the national lockdown rules. You can find out more at: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships .

Providing unpaid care

Guidance has been updated for anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. The update reflects changes to the national lockdown rules and includes guidance for young carers and young adult carers who provide care for someone due to them having a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction. Find out more at: Guidance for providing unpaid care .

Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance has been updated for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities to reflect changes to national lockdown rules. For more information visit: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities .

Working safely during coronavirus

The working safely guidance for close contact, hospitality and non-essential services has been updated. You can find out more at: Guidance for working safely during coronavirus .

Moving home

If you are moving home in England, then Government guidance around this has been updated to reflect changes in the national lockdown rules. You can find out more at: Guidance on moving home during coronavirus .

Visiting arrangements in care homes

The Department of Health and Social Care updated the guidance on visiting arrangements in care homes to reflect that, from 12 April, each care home resident can name up to two people who can come for regular indoor visits. This also includes updates to Information on essential care givers and new information on visits involving children and young people aged under 18.

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As the situation around coronavirus changes, it's important that people across our district have the most up-to-date information possible. Please encourage your friends and family to sign up to this newsletter so that we can all be prepared and play our part in the fight against the virus.