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
  • Accessing Chichester District Council services quickly and easily
  • Applications close next Wednesday (30 June) for EU Settlement Scheme
  • Covid business grants — one week to apply
  • NHS coronavirus vaccination service
  • Support for the vulnerable
  • Safe travel advice
  • Project to increase short-stay homeless accommodation progressing well
  • Last chance to have your say in our current consultations
  • Chichester Wellbeing is looking for personal trainers and nutritionists
  • Stay up to date

National news

  • Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event
  • Guidance for small marriages, civil partnerships, the safe use of places of worship and special religious services
  • Guidance on working safely during coronavirus
  • Weekly updates and findings from the latest REACT study
  • Making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes
  • The R value and growth rate
  • Local voting rights for EU citizens living in the UK

Latest update

This week, the Government updated its guidance to reflect new rules that came into effect this Monday. The updates include changes to: the rules on weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations; commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering; care home visits; and domestic residential visits for children. Links to each piece of updated guidance can be found in our 'national news' section below, and you can also check which restrictions remain in place by visiting: Covid-19 restrictions - what you can and cannot do .

As we mentioned in our last update, the Prime Minister has confirmed a four-week delay to step four of the Government's roadmap until 19 July. This is due to concerns caused by the Delta variant and to allow for more people to receive their second dose of a vaccine before further restrictions are eased. The proposed extension will be considered to see if action can be taken two weeks' sooner on 5 July, and the Government will update everyone once this has been reviewed.

We know that people are keen to see coronavirus restrictions lifted, but it is vital that we all continue to play our part and follow Government guidance. We have seen a big increase in infections in the North of the country and we're starting to see rates rise locally. It's important that we all continue to wash or sanitise our hands regularly, maintain social distancing, and wear a face covering where required. All adults are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccination, and you can find out how to book your appointment below.

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: .

Accessing Chichester District Council services quickly and easily

This week, our Customer Services Centre at East Pallant House reopened to the public with a range of new improvements. Our officers are greeting customers to make sure that they can quickly access the services that they need, and are on hand to assist people who want to self-serve online at one of our dedicated computer terminals. It is hoped that this will help customers to access council services online in the future, at a place and time that is most convenient to them. Going online is the most Covid-safe, quickest and most convenient way of accessing a whole range of services, including settling council tax or business rates bills, applying for parking permits, and signing up to services such as bulky waste collections or the Garden Recycling scheme, and many more.

If a face-to-face appointment is needed, our friendly Customer Service team can also arrange this. In addition to these improvements, the council has also reviewed its opening times and will be open from 9am to 5pm each day, apart from Thursdays when opening times will be from 10am to 5pm, starting from 1 July 2021.

Applications close next Wednesday (30 June) for EU Settlement Scheme

With a week to go before the 30 June 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 their rights to healthcare, benefits and pensions. People can register for the scheme before 30 June by visiting: EU Settlement Scheme . If you need help with your application, call Arun Chichester Citizens Advice free on: 0808 2787969 (Mon to Fri 9am - 4:30pm). Access to interpreters is also available.

Covid business grants — one week to apply

There's just one week left to apply for the current Government coronavirus business support grants, which will close on 30 June 2021. If you own a business in the district, and haven't yet done so, we'd urge you to see if you are eligible for a grant and apply at: Business rates announcements.

NHS coronavirus vaccination service

As the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme enters the final phase of the first dose roll-out, all adults are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccination. In addition, everyone aged 40 and above are now able to have their second vaccine at eight weeks after their first dose. You can find out more on the  Sussex Health and Care  website.

To book your vaccine, visit: NHS - book Covid vaccination or call: 119. Don't forget to continue following Government guidance around 'hands, face, space and fresh air' once you've been vaccinated.

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.

Safe travel advice

The Government is encouraging everyone to plan journeys ahead of time and travel safely. If you haven't already, please check out the travel guidance page on our website. It provides advice on keeping safe while out in the Chichester District: Keeping safe when out and about, including information about public facilities; roads and cycle lanes; information on coastal locations; safety measures in our high streets and in our communities; and litter. The page also details which authority is responsible for what, and where you can go for more help on any of the issues covered.

Project to increase short-stay homeless accommodation progressing well

We are working on a project to redevelop our existing temporary accommodation to provide an additional 17 flats for people who find themselves homeless in our district. Work is going really well and we have created a short video to update you on our progress. Once completed early next year, the new flats will increase the amount of much-needed short stay accommodation for people facing homelessness in our area. You can find out more at: Freeland Close project

Last chance to have your say in our current consultations

Time is running out to take part in our 'Let's Talk: Air Quality' consultation. We're keen to hear as many people's views as possible on our Revised Air Quality Action Plan before our survey closes at midnight on Monday 28 June. Our suggested plan sets out a number of ways in which we propose to continue improving air quality in our district. Please let us know your thoughts on our suggestions by visiting: Let's Talk: Air Quality.

We are also asking private sector landlords and letting agents in our area to let us know how their tenants may have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Please take part in our quick survey , which closes this Friday 25 June. Feedback from this county-wide survey will help us establish a detailed picture of the situation in the local area and prioritise support where it is needed.

Chichester Wellbeing is looking for personal trainers and nutritionists

Our Wellbeing team are looking for expressions of interest from personal trainers and people with nutrition training to help deliver some of their popular wellbeing courses and sessions in the north of the district, including Midhurst, Petworth, Loxwood and surrounding villages. We are looking for trainers who are able to work at beginner level to deliver group exercise sessions as part of our Active for Life service, and to facilitate group weight management classes as part of the team's Weigh Better Life service. For more information and service description, please email: afoot@chichester.gov.uk. The deadline to express interest is Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Stay up to date

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

  • the latest media releases,
  • this week's District Dispatch column,
  • previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.

National news

Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event

The guidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event during the Covid-19 outbreak has been updated to reflect the new updates to step three regulations announced by the Prime Minister on 14 June. There is no longer a maximum number of attendees set out in law for funerals or commemorative events. Instead, the number of attendees will be determined by how many people the venue or outdoor space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on the Covid-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of the virus.

Guidance for small marriages, civil partnerships, the safe use of places of worship and special religious services

The Government has updated the guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England. There is no longer a maximum number cap for attendees to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events. The number of people able to attend such events will be determined by the number that can be safely accommodated in the venue with social distancing in place.

Guidance on working safely during coronavirus

The guidance on working safely for heritage locations; visitor economy; and hotels and other guest accommodation, has been updated to reflect changes to step three of the roadmap. The updates include additional information for different sectors on how coronavirus restrictions will be eased.

Weekly reports and findings from REACT study

The Department of Health and Social Care has published the results from the latest REACT study into coronavirus infections in England. Carried out by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, the report show infections increased by 50% since the last study in May, with 1 in 500 people infected.

The Government continues to publish weekly national influenza and coronavirus reports, the latest of which can be found here: weekly national influenza and coronavirus reports , as well as updates on the number of cases of variants of concern, which can be found here: Confirmed cases of Covid-19 variants identified in the UK .

Making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes

The Government has announced that, from October 2021, people working in CQC-registered care homes must have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, unless they have a medical exemption: Everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated under new law . It will apply to all workers employed directly by the care home or care home provider (on a full-time or part-time basis), those employed by an agency, and volunteers. Those coming into care homes to do other work, for example healthcare workers, tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians, and CQC inspectors, will also have to follow the new regulations, unless medically exempt. A further consultation will be launched on whether to extend this new requirement to other health and social care settings and will also consider inclusion of the flu vaccine.

The R value and growth rate

The latest reproduction number in England is currently between 1.2 and 1.4 meaning that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people. The growth rate in England is currently between 3% and 6% meaning that the number of new infections is growing by between 3% and 6% every day. These estimates represent the transmission of COVID-19 two to three weeks ago, due to the time delay between someone being infected, developing symptoms, and needing healthcare.

Local voting rights for EU citizens living in the UK

A Written Ministerial Statement has been published on local voting rights for EU citizens living in the UK. The statement outlines the proposed changes to EU citizens' voting and candidacy rights in local elections now the UK has left the European Union and a new points-based immigration system has been introduced. All EU citizens who have been resident in the UK since before the end of the Transition Period (31 December 2020) will retain their voting and candidacy rights. The voting and candidacy rights of those EU citizens who arrived in the UK after this point will rest on the principle of reciprocity, through agreements with European Member States.

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