Even if you have been vaccinated, it's really important that you continue to follow Government guidance and remember 'hands, face, space and fresh air'. On 14 June, we expect the Government to update us on the roadmap and whether we are likely to take the next step on 21 June. We will continue to share updates with you. In the meantime, regular testing continues to play a critical role in stopping the spread of coronavirus and the Government is urging everyone to test themselves twice a week using a free rapid lateral flow test. This is particularly important as many of us are out and about more often following the recent lifting of restrictions and as the weather warms up. For details on how to order free tests, please visit: NHS - regular rapid coronavirus tests . If you test positive from a lateral flow test you should request a PCR test and self-isolate, along with anyone you live with, until the result is confirmed.

We are keen to remind residents that they may be eligible for financial support if they have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace — either due to a positive Covid-19 test or having been in contact with someone who has tested positive. If you are on a low income and are receiving certain benefits, you could qualify for a support payment of £500 if you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and are unable to work as a result. If you have to self-isolate, we'd encourage you to check whether you might be eligible for this support and apply at: Test and Trace Support Payments Scheme . Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now also able to apply if they meet the eligibility criteria.

This month, we return to holding some of our committee meetings in the council offices at East Pallant House. I have to say how nice it is to see people face to face again. For now, we intend to have a mix of face to face and virtual meetings. Those committee meetings that are required to make decisions are the ones that must now be held in person. You can find out about our upcoming council meetings at: Council meetings. Places at face to face meetings are limited due to Covid restrictions and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Where possible, and to best manage the space available, I'd encourage you to listen to these meetings online. You will be able to access a live stream of each of these meetings on our website at: Council meetings.

I'm also pleased to let you know that the improvements in our customer service centre (the reception area at East Pallant House) are progressing well and we will announce an opening date very soon. Our priority is to keep staff and customers safe and so wherever possible we are asking people to access our services at online in the first instance. We are continually improving our website, making it the safest, quickest and most convenient way to access our services. Our website allows you to view information such as planning applications, waste and recycling collection dates and much more. You can also report a problem, apply for a range of services and pay for services. You can find out more about these popular tasks at: Apply, report, pay. You can also contact us by email and you can find a list of helpful email addresses at: .We recognise that not everyone has access to a computer and so our friendly Customer Service Team is also available to take your calls on 01243 785166.

Finally, I'd also encourage you to sign up to our weekly email newsletter, which contains all of the latest Government guidance as well as local updates.

Best Wishes

Diane Shepherd

Chief Executive at Chichester District Council