More 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
  • NHS coronavirus vaccination service
  • Don't forget to apply for a Covid business grant
  • Update on council meetings at East Pallant House
  • We're Against Litter
  • Chichester East Ward By-election
  • New 'Let's Talk: Air Quality' consultation
  • Dementia Action Week
  • Do you need to apply for the EU Settlement scheme?
  • WSCC Chichester parking scheme
  • Stay up to date

National news

  • Meeting friends and family
  • Guidance for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions, celebrations and funerals
  • Guidance on working safely during coronavirus
  • Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
  • Health, social care and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions
  • COVID-19 charter for holidaymakers launched
  • Findings from the latest REACT study and weekly reports
  • The R value and growth rate

Latest update

Many of us were happy to see the lifting of additional restrictions this week in line with Step 3 of the Government's coronavirus roadmap. We can now: meet with up to two households or as a group of six people indoors; meet outside with others in a gathering of up to 30; enjoy the reopening of indoor hospitality as well as indoor and outdoor entertainment, including museums like our Novium Museum; and stay at hotels, hostels and B&Bs. Indoor adult group sports and exercise classes are also able to restart, including at our district leisure centres, run in partnership with Everyone Active. The 'Stay in the UK' restriction has also been lifted and people can travel to green list countries if they permit inbound travel. More information about the new easing of restrictions can be found here: Covid-19 restrictions - what you can and cannot do .

Also this week, it was announced that over 56 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have now been given in the UK. The milestone comes as the Government confirms that second doses of vaccines will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for over-50s and the clinically vulnerable groups. The Prime Minister has said that the vaccination programme has prevented almost 12,000 deaths in those aged 60 and older in England up to the end of April, and at least 33,000 hospitalisations were prevented in those aged 65 and older in England over the same time period. More information can be found here. The Prime Minister added that the Government is closely monitoring the variant first identified in India and taking action along with Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace and councils.

Please continue to help us keep our district safe by following the guidance, washing hands regularly, keeping a distance from others and wearing a face covering where necessary. People are also still being encouraged to access and use free twice-weekly lateral flow tests — you can find out how to access these tests at: NHS - regular rapid coronavirus tests .

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: . This week, our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre reopened their doors — for more information and to book your visit, see: The Novium Museum . Our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, are currently open for certain activities and group exercise has now resumed in line with Government guidance.

NHS coronavirus vaccination service

Vaccination eligibility is being updated regularly with more people being invited to book their vaccination this week. You can check whether you are eligible at: Sussex Health and Care COVID-19 vaccination programme . If you're eligible, you can book your appointment online or by calling 119. Once vaccinated, please continue to follow Government guidance and remember 'hands, face, space and fresh air'.

Everyone under the age of 40 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine when they become eligible. You can read more about this on the  Government website .

NHS England has confirmed that appointments for a second vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups  who have yet to receive their second dose. You can find an update and key information about second dose appointments, and how this will affect you, at: Sussex Health and Care COVID-19 vaccination programme .

Don't forget to apply for a Covid business grant

If you own a business in the district, please note that the current Government coronavirus support grants will close on 30 June 2021. Check whether you are eligible and apply at: Business rates announcements.

Update on council meetings at East Pallant House

From 1 June, some of our public council meetings will be held in person at East Pallant House. This applies to the following meetings taking place in June:

  • 1 June - Cabinet
  • 6 June - Planning Committee
  • 22 June - Special Full Council

In order to best manage the space available, we would encourage members of the public to listen to our meetings online at: Committees, Councillors and MPs.

Anyone wishing to attend a public meeting in person will be asked to sit in an allocated seat in the public gallery, and will need to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing at all times while inside the building. We'd also strongly urge anyone attending to take a lateral flow test prior to arriving, and ask that anyone who is experiencing coronavirus symptoms (or lives with anyone that is) and/or is required to self-isolate, to please listen to the meeting from home.

We're 'Against Litter'

As restrictions continue to be lifted, more people are out and about and we have started to see an increase in litter. Please play your part by either taking your litter home and recycling it, or placing it in one of our many bins, to help us keep our district beautiful. And remember to 'Stay Safe, Leave a Space' when out and about. You can find out more about our Against Litter campaign at: Against litter campaign.

Chichester East Ward By-election

Nominations have opened today for a by-election in Chichester District Council's Chichester East Ward. The nomination period will close at 4pm on Thursday 27 May 2021. Any person wishing to stand as a candidate at this election can access nomination documents by calling 01243 521010 or by emailing elections@chichester.gov.uk.

The by-election itself will take place on Thursday 24 June 2021 from 7am until 10pm, and was called following the resignation of Councillor Kevin Hughes. The polling stations for this election will be: Chichester Children and Family Centre, St James Road; Swanfield Park Community Centre, Swanfield Drive; and The Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way.

New 'Let's Talk: Air Quality' consultation

The Chichester District is a beautiful place to live, work and visit, and we are fortunate that our air quality is generally very good. There are many factors that contribute to the quality of air we breathe, and as a council we are committed to doing all that we reasonably can to make our area cleaner, safer and healthier. We have identified a small number of places that are adversely affected by air pollution and we are working to help tackle this issue through a number of schemes and projects associated with our Air Quality Action Plan. We have updated the plan and are keen to hear people's thoughts on our proposals for the next five years. To have your say, please visit Let's Talk: Air Quality and take part in our new consultation, which runs until midnight on 28 June 2021.

Dementia Action Week

This week marks Dementia Action Week, led by the Alzheimer's Society. As part of our Chichester Wellbeing Service, we offer 'Dementia Friends' sessions to local business employees to help raise awareness and understanding about dementia. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative that aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Our trained Dementia Champion delivers regular workplace sessions to help employees learn more about dementia and the small ways in which they can help those living with it. If you're a district business that is interested in a free Dementia Friends session for staff, please contact our Wellbeing team by emailing: info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk.

Do you need to apply for the EU Settlement scheme?

Over 5.4 million applications have now been made to the EU Settlement Scheme. With less than 50 days to go before the 30 June 2021 deadline, we're working with Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice to remind EU citizens living in the Chichester District that they need to apply for the scheme as soon as possible in order to protect the rights they currently have, including access to healthcare, benefits and pensions. You can register for the scheme before 30 June by visiting: EU Settlement Scheme and find out more on our website at: latest news. Anyone who requires help and assistance with their application can call Arun Chichester Citizens Advice free on 0808 2787969 (Mon to Fri 9am - 4:30pm). Access to interpreters is also available.

The Home Office is reminding people that children are not covered by a parent's application. Eligible parents must apply to the scheme themselves and check whether they need to do so on behalf of their children.

WSCC Chichester parking scheme

Our colleagues at West Sussex County Council have recently provided an update relating to the 'go-live' date of the extension to the existing Controlled Parking Zone scheme in Chichester City, alongside the introduction of some new waiting restrictions, to help assist with on-street parking in the area. You can find West Sussex County Council's announcement at: West Sussex County Council - new parking zones in Chichester and more information about how the scheme will work, including a map of the areas covered and how to apply for permits here: Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) extension.

Stay up to date

  • The latest media releases,
  • Our latest Local Plan Review email newsletter, and
  • This week's District Dispatch column from our Council Leader, and
  • Previous issues of this newsletter that you may have missed.

National news

Meeting friends and family

The Government has published advice for meeting friends and family safely . This explains how COVID-19 is spread, outlines how to minimise the risks when meeting people, and includes actions the public can take to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.

This includes advice to:

  • meet outside
  • if you do meet inside, make sure the space is well ventilated - open windows and doors
  • take the vaccine when you are offered it, and encourage others to as well
  • remember that some people are more vulnerable than others to being seriously ill from COVID-19
  • minimise how many people you're in close contact with, and for how long
  • get tested twice a week, and
  • wash your hands and clean surfaces regularly to remove virus particles.

Guidance for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions, celebrations and funerals

New guidance has been published for couples planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England and for managers of venues that host ceremonies and receptions.

The Government has also updated the guidance for arranging or attending a funeral , related to a death from any cause, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Guidance on working safely during coronavirus

Guidance has been updated around working safely for the following: close contact, construction and other outdoor work; factories, plants and warehouse; labs and research facilities; offices and contact centres; grassroots sports; performing arts; hospitality; and retail: Guidance on working safely during coronavirus . The updates include additional information for different sectors on how coronavirus restrictions will be eased.

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

The guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities has also been updated with advice on safely re-opening in line with the new easing of restrictions.

Health, social care and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions

The Government has updated guidance for COVID-19 health, care and volunteer workers parking passes , which have temporarily been in place during the emergency response period. The updated guidance refers to the Government's free parking pass for NHS workers, social care workers and NHS Volunteer Responders, reflecting the decision to withdraw the emergency parking pass by 21 June as part of the Government's roadmap for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. In Chichester, the passes can continue to be used until 30 June in permitted on-street parking bays, however, cannot be used in car parks from 21 June.

COVID-19 charter for holidaymakers launched

The Government has published a ' Passenger COVID-19 Charter ', which sets out a clear and accessible source of information for passengers outlining their rights and responsibilities when travelling this summer,

The charter will guide passengers on what to do if their travel plans change, including: what they are entitled to through their passenger rights; expectations of the providers they are booking trips with; and their own responsibilities to ensure a smooth journey

Findings from the latest REACT study and weekly reports

The Department of Health and Social Care has published the results from the latest significant study into coronavirus infections in England. Findings from the REACT study, carried out by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, show infections have halved from the last study in March, with one in 1,000 people infected. The data suggests that the vaccination rollout is continuing to impact positively on prevalence, but concerns remain about new variants.

The Government continues to publish weekly national influenza and coronavirus reports , monitoring rates of coronavirus, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

The R value and growth rate

The Government has published the reproduction number (R) and growth rate of COVID-19  for England: The R value in England is currently between 0.8 and 1.1 meaning that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 11 other people.

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