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Update for our members
17 November 2020
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Please see below for an update from South Gloucestershire Council which was sent to all members. 

A message from the council

This week marks the halfway point for the current lockdown. Everyone sticking to the government guidelines is essential if we are to avoid further restrictions after 2 December and give ourselves the best chance to enjoy as normal a Christmas as possible. We’re aware how tough it is being apart from those we love but it’s very important that we stay at home. Reducing social contacts reduces the spread of the virus, protects others and the NHS, and keeps South Gloucestershire safe. We want you to know that we really appreciate all the effort that everyone is making to follow government guidance. Please remember, we can support those who are struggling during this difficult time. Find out more by visiting our website www.southglos.gov.uk/coronavirus. Thank you. 
Cllr Toby Savage
Leader of South
Gloucestershire Council
Dave Perry
Chief Executive,
South Gloucestershire Council

Council service updates

Grants news
Applications are now open for local authority additional restrictions grants that are for small businesses severely impacted by the new restrictions. You can qualify if you are a South Gloucestershire business which was ‘open as usual’ on the 4 November 2020, has 49 or fewer employees and the following applies:
  • You have ongoing fixed business-related costs e.g. rent, service charges, tool and equipment hire and Council Tax.
  • You can demonstrate a significant fall in income (including online activity) due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Find out more and how to apply here. If you are an employer and want to find out more about the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, find out more here.
Enforcement
We are prepared to take proportionate but firm action where breaches of the national restrictions are found. We have served prohibition notices on the two Carpetright stores at Longwell Green and Cribbs Causeway, ordering them to close to the public. Read more here. People recklessly ignoring the rules should expect to receive a fixed penalty notice from the police.
Have your say: Yate
Following the introduction of cycle lanes on Station Road in Yate, the next stage will be to extend these around the centre of Yate to connect to other routes in the area. The Station Road project aims to improve cycle links, promote health and fitness and reduce air pollution. Find out more and have your say on the Phase 2 plans here. The closing date is Sunday 22 November.
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CustomerCare@southglos.gov.uk
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0800 953 7778
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Public health advice

Keep active
You can meet with one person from outside of your household or support bubble, when on your own, in an outdoor space. You could go for a lunchtime walk if you’re working from home, as long as you keep your distance, or exercise together in a park or open space. Fresh air and keeping moving is really important, not only for our physical health but also our general wellbeing and mental health. Find out more here.
NHS Flu jabs
Health leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are urging local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) residents to take up the free NHS flu jab if offered it by their GP. GPs and pharmacists have issued the call following concerns that take-up of the vaccine may be lower among vulnerable BAME residents including over-65s and people with long-term health conditions. You can read the full details here.
Open Letter: Healthier Together
Healthier Together executives have issued a letter to everyone to thank them for protecting themselves and communities from Covid-19, and with an update on key changes following the second national lockdown. Read the letter here.
Covid-19 :The local picture at-a-glance
 
Our local Covid-19 dashboard is an ‘at-a-glance’ picture of the current situation in South Gloucestershire. It provides the latest published Covid-19 figures specifically for South Gloucestershire including: total number of laboratory confirmed cases to date, number of laboratory confirmed cases in the last 7 days, the 7-day rate per 100,000 population and total number of all deaths by week and since January 2020 where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate. This is updated daily Monday to Friday, in the morning.

Visit the South Gloucestershire Covid-19 dashboard here.

In your community

EU transition information
As you'll be aware, there are new rules for businesses and citizens from 1 January 2021. You can keep up to date with government guidance on the transition here. This is a useful resource for when you’re out and about speaking to residents or holding surgeries online and in libraries.
Community meals
Community meals are still operating and open to new customers, with a particular focus on supporting the vulnerable. Affordable, freshly cooked hot meals are delivered direct to people’s homes. Find more information here or call 01454 865996.

Useful sources of information

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