City Council Covid 19 update 14.04.20

It has been horrifying to watch the pandemic grow, especially as there have been so many aspects which could have been prevented by the government. Despite the appeals for testing and Personal Protective Equipment, not all front line workers who need it, have it.

I have been pushing hard to ensure that our neighbourhood as much as our city can avoid as many positive cases and deaths as possible. I have continued to raise the issue of PPE, testing, ventilators and the care of our most vulnerable with senior council officials. I am lobbying to open more of the seafront to allow joggers and walkers to share the space, pushing for more tests for front line council staff; helping some of our most vulnerable residents get access to council services; and over the weekend Hannah and I were out helping to tidy up.   

Today’s update below.

If you are self-isolating and need shopping or a prescription delivered or just a chat on the phone, both Hannah and I are more than happy to help.  

Please keep up your hugely appreciated efforts to curtail the pandemic. And please, stay safe.

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Business grants
  • Council pledges £30,000 for food appeal
  • Scam warning
  • Brighton & Hove Buses accepting exact cash fares only
  • Bikeshare cleaning
  • Signs in parks and seafront
  • NSL supporting hot meal delivery
  • Request help for the most vulnerable people

Latest update

At this evening’s Downing Street address, Chancellor Rishi Sunak spoke about “tough times” for the UK economy and that the UK’s strategy is not about choosing “wealth over health”.

He also said the measures the government has put in place is aiming to mitigate the economic impact of the virus and talked about “bouncing back” and recovering quickly and strongly.

The advice for the public around social distancing remains unchanged.

Everyone should:

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Anyone can spread the virus.

Stay home and save lives.

Service changes

Information on council service changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19) are on our website.

Business grants

We are distributing government funded, small business grants. Payments have now been made to over 1,300 local businesses. 

We are asking eligible businesses, whose bank account details we don’t already hold, to contact us through a secure portal on our website so that we can make payments to them as soon as possible. 

More information on support for small businesses

Council pledges £30,000 for food appeal

A community appeal to raise money to provide food for vulnerable and isolated people in Brighton & Hove during the Coronavirus crisis topped £30,000 in just 21 days. 

The council is matching the sum and contributing an additional £30,000 to the appeal.

We are working with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to support more than 50 local community volunteer groups across the city providing food parcels and meals to residents struggling to get food.

You can read more on our website.

Scam warning

The council has seen several reports of residents receiving phishing emails over the last few days asking for personal information, including bank account numbers and details.

We do not send e-mails asking for bank details or offering to pay credits to accounts that we don’t already hold the details of. 

For information about council tax reductions, visit our website.

Brighton & Hove Buses accepting exact cash fares only

Brighton & Hove Buses are introducing new measures to reduce contact with drivers and the spread of coronavirus.

From tomorrow Wednesday 15 April, they will only be accepting exact fares from passengers paying with cash.  Drivers will not be able to provide change at this time.

Passengers are being encouraged to pay with contactless, mobile app, key cards and scratch cards where possible.

Please only travel if absolutely necessary and you do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

BTN BikeShare cleaning

The cleaning of BTN BikeShare bikes in Brighton & Hove is being significantly increased to help minimise any possible spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Following advice from the city’s public health team and having been trialled over the Easter weekend, a team will be working on the scheme’s five busiest days of the week to support the regular cleaning, disinfecting, tidying and lubricating of the scheme’s 600 bikes at all 69 hubs in the city.  This is in addition to the existing cleaning and maintenance.

The team is made up of cycle trainers and staff from NSL.

Priority will be given to the busiest hubs and at least three temporary hubs set up to support NHS workers using BTN BikeShare during the pandemic.  Teams will pay particular attention to the bikes’ contact points, including the handlebars and grips, saddle, keypad and u-bar lock.

Customers are also being encouraged to wear appropriate gloves if they wish to, avoid touching their faces or eyes while riding, and to wash their hands thoroughly before and after use.  Riders should practice social distancing from pedestrians and others on shared routes and cycle lanes.

Signs in parks and along the seafront

Signs have been painted at various locations along the seafront and in our parks to encourage residents to follow guidelines on social distancing.

The stencils show the two metre gap people should adhere to when passing each other during their daily exercise.

NSL supporting hot meal delivery

Brighton & Hove City Council’s parking enforcement contractor, NSL, is working to support vulnerable residents during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

From today (Tuesday 14 April), the company is providing four vehicles with drivers to deliver hot meals and meal boxes from the Holland Road Baptist Church to people in emergency housing across the city.

The move is a further demonstration of partners working together to support our community.

Community advice and support hub

Vulnerable people can get additional COVID-19 related support for emergency food bank referrals, shopping and medicine collection from the community advice and support hub.

  • If you, or someone you know needs support to get essential supplies and you don’t have family, friends or a care worker to help you, go to: new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-help
  • If you have no way of getting online and no one to help you, call 01273 293117, and press option 2
  • If you need information about changes to existing council services because of the COVID-19 situation, search for the relevant service on the council website, or visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus

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