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Update for our members
7 July 2020

Please see below for an update from South Gloucestershire Council which was sent to all members

Message from the council

We are now starting to see some of the government’s recent changes to the lockdown restrictions come into action. Over the weekend, pubs, bars and restaurants started to reopen with social distancing measures in place and from yesterday, some of the rules eased for those who have had to ‘shield’ during the Covid-19 outbreak – see details below.

With more people returning to our high streets and facilities such as public toilets and play areas reopening, our teams continue to work alongside local businesses and organisations to introduce safe social distancing measures. You can read about these changes below.

Staying safe and saving lives by keeping to social distancing rules is now more important than ever to help protect the most vulnerable and avoid increased infection rates. As we start to emerge from the lockdown, we're asking everyone to continue to adhere to the government advice. By working together, we can safely get the region back on its feet again.

Thank you for all your hard work.


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Cllr Toby Savage

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Dave Perry

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Covid-19 statistics

Public Health England updates a daily dashboard showing positive tests, deaths and confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region. This is the most reliable source for daily reporting. 

Positive Covid-19 cases from testing in the wider community (known as pillar 2) are now included with the pillar 1 figures (mainly from individuals tested in hospitals) that have been published at local authority level through the daily dashboard.

As a result of this, the cumulative number of cases reported in South Gloucestershire changed on 2 July from 407 to 740 on 3 July.

This does not mean that there were 333 new cases overnight but reflects the inclusion of backdated pillar 2 testing data relating to individuals who tested positive from the end of March onwards.

Both sets of testing data have been provided in reports to Directors of Public Health in local authorities, including ours, on an ongoing basis and used to support the local public health response including outbreak management throughout the pandemic.

Numbers of cases in South Gloucestershire are now 741.

Both sets of testing data have been provided in reports to Directors of Public Health in local authorities, including ours, on an ongoing basis and used to support the local public health response including outbreak management throughout the pandemic.

Numbers of cases in South Gloucestershire remain low.

The Office for National Statistics provides more detailed but slightly delayed death registration data, including a local authority level breakdown.

The R number is the average number of secondary infections produced by one infected person and is published every Friday for NHS England regions. 

General news and updates

Updated guidance for those shielding

The guidance for those shielding has been updated. The changes from 6 July are:
  • Those shielding no longer need to socially distance from people they live with.
  • If they want to, they can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from other households.
  • They may also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if they want to, but one of the households in the ‘support bubble’ should be a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with children under 18 only).
  • The government support offer has been extended: those shielding can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if they want them, and have registered online by 17 July.
  • The latest evidence indicates that the risk of serious illness for most children and young people is low. All children and young people should continue to shield until 31 July. A clinical discussion with a paediatric specialist or GP will be needed before any child or young person is removed from the shielded patient list.
Read full guidance here.

Council news and support

The key changes are below. For the latest information on council services, support for residents and businesses please see

Weddings, civil partnerships, births and deaths


Weddings and civil partnerships can now be booked at Kingswood Civic Centre and Poole Court in Yate.

At Kingswood Civic Centre all ceremonies are restricted to only two adult witnesses as guests.

At Poole Court in Yate, ceremonies will start from October on Saturdays only, with a maximum of 10 guests permitted in the ceremony room including: the couple, two witnesses, any children or babies and one photographer (as applicable). This total number of guests does not include the registrars.

At both locations hand sanitisers will be provided and social distancing will be required throughout the ceremony. We are unable to permit photographs after the signing of the register in the ceremony rooms, however photographs outside the buildings for a few minutes are permitted, if social distancing is observed. 

Please note that this is subject to government guidelines, which may change. All restrictions are in place to protect everyone’s safety during this continuing pandemic and to comply with guidance issued by Public Health England. 

To book a wedding or civil partnership at Kingswood or Poole Court please contact 01454 863140



Kingswood Civic Centre can now take birth registrations on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is currently the only available location in South Gloucestershire for registrations. You can book a birth registration here.


We are continuing to accept registrations of deaths by telephone. When you call to book an appointment, you will be asked to provide your contact phone number and name for a call back by the registrar.

Please make sure you are available to take the call back appointment, which will last about 30 minutes. You can book an appointment on 01454 863140.

Early years childcare

Our Early Years team is working closely with the childcare sector to support the reopening of their services. Local providers are assuring us that there are enough places available across the district to help our residents return to work

All early years providers have followed government advice, as well as our detailed local guidance to ensure they can reopen for children safely. They have completed detailed risk assessments that cover their premises, routines and cleaning, as well as very carefully planning their bubbles and how they will operate. All providers have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Council.

For more information visit our early years childcare webpage here. You can also email or call 01454 863355.

You can read the latest government guidance on schools, colleges and early years providers here.

Working with local schools to reopen in September

On Thursday, the government published its guidance for the full-time reopening of schools to all pupils, in all year groups in the autumn term. We are working with local schools to finalise plans to support a full return in September. You can read the guidance here.

There are lots of useful resources on our Mind You website to help prepare your child for the return to school, including age specific guides to help them develop positive sleeping patterns.  

Thornbury High Street update

Thank you for your feedback about the Thornbury High Street scheme so far.
On Friday 3 July, we introduced some changes to the High Street, which aim to continue to provide a safe environment for people to keep to social distancing rules. The changes are also intended to support the reopening of pubs and hospitality and encourage people back to the High Street:
  • Additional disabled parking spaces are being introduced
  • The signs and welfare facilities will be replaced with barriers, including flowers and shrubs
  • The two-way access for delivery vehicles through the closure will be changed to one-way
  • The closure will be extended to Chapel Street so traffic entering the top of the High Street is directed down Chapel Street
  • The section of road between Chapel Street and The Close will be for residents and blue badge holders only to reduce cars turning in the area and make it safer for children exiting the playing fields.
We've been exploring possibilities and formed an example of what might be possible in Thornbury. A full consultation for the scheme will start in August, where we'll also be asking for views on the future of the High Street. You can read more here.

Westerleigh Road closure in Emersons Green from 6 July – 29 August

Highways England is carrying out major maintenance work to the bridge over the M4 motorway on Westerleigh Road, just north of The Folly pub.

To carry out the work safely, Highways England needs to close the road to all traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians, from Monday 6 July until Saturday 29 August. The closure will be in place from the junction with Coalsack Lane, just past the bridge and a signed diversion will be in place. Access to businesses and properties will be available from either end but there will be no through access to or from the A4174 ring road during the work. 

You can read more here.

Changes to the road closure at Charnell Road, Staple Hill

From Monday 6 July, we will relocate the temporary closure barriers to the Teewell Hill end of the road. This is following feedback from residents and will help them access their properties.

The scheme is part of our commitment to make public places safer as we recover from Covid-19 and supports social distancing measures introduced to Staple Hill High Street.

We will continue to monitor the changes and listen to feedback as we allow the measures to settle in. You can comment on the scheme here and you can read more information about our plans for making public places in South Gloucestershire safer here

New electric vehicle charging points

We are installing 14 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points at seven locations across South Gloucestershire as part of our plans to upgrade the publicly available charging network in the area. The charging will be installed at Emersons Green, Hanham, Kingswood, Patchway, Staple Hill, Thornbury and Yate. You can read more here.

Progress made on former Grange School site

In early February 2020, Homes England (HE) awarded South Gloucestershire Council £4.6 million of Accelerated Construction funding to redevelop the former Grange School site for residential purposes. Significant progress has been made at this site and you can read more here.

Remember me

St Paul’s Cathedral is hosting an online book of remembrance for all those who have died as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. You can submit the name of someone who has died, or view entries here.

Meet Kiri and Debbie from Badminton Gardens Extra Care team - our #hiddenheroes


Pictured are Kiri and Debbie, a superhero carer and her manager working at the Badminton Gardens Extra Care Scheme in Downend. In partnership with staff from the local GP surgery and pharmacy they’ve been keeping residents entertained with daily dancing in the car park and staff have also hosted extra outdoor entertainment, quizzes and raffles. They’ve also recruited a team of volunteers to help with shopping to buy in essentials for those who don’t have family nearby. Keep up the great work team!

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Updates from our partners

Help Us Help You South West Survey

During the Covid-19 pandemic, people who work in health and care services and the voluntary and community sector across the South West have offered new choices to patients and the public, for example, by making more use of online and telephone appointments.

We would like to know what you think about these new ways of working to help us understand how we can best meet the future needs of the people living in our region. 

Please share your views by completing this questionnaire. It should take between ten and fifteen minutes. You can take the survey here.

The survey will be open until 31 July 2020. A report with the results of the survey will be published on the NHS England, NHS Improvement South West website and participating health and care organisations. You can also receive a copy of this report by providing your email address.

Mencap easy read guides

Mencap has produced a range of helpful easy read documents to explain coronavirus including topics such as social distancing and keeping well. You can view these guides here.

Help us get the message out

Can you help? We’re communicating mostly through digital channels at the moment but we know we can’t reach everyone this way.  Please can we ask you to share our news with any family, friends and neighbours who might not be getting our messages. Are you part of a local support group and making phone calls to particularly isolated people? If so, please take a moment to update them too on any relevant changes to council services and on available support.

Local newspapers and radio are helping us and it would be great to have your help too.
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Useful Sources of Information

  • South Gloucestershire Council dedicated webpages:  
  • South Gloucestershire Council Covid-19 freephone number 0800 953 7778 open 08.45 to 17.00 Monday to Thursday and 08.45 to 16.30 Fridays.
  • Our partner Southern Brooks for support with food deliveries, prescriptions, mental health support and much more on 0333 577 4666 Mon-Fri 17:00-19:00 and Saturdays 12:00-19:00.
  • South Gloucestershire Council social media accounts, twitter and Facebook
  • Latest information from the Government on coronavirus
  • NHS information on coronavirus:
  • Q&A from Public Health England on coronavirus here.
  • British Sign Language (BSL) video from Public Health England on ‘Coronavirus and home isolation advice’ on our YouTube channel.
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