Covid-19 update 5.11.20

Dear all

Your update today below

1.Requesting help during lockdown

2.Affected council services

3. Message from Director of Public Health

4.Healthwatch update- PDF attached

5.Brighton and Hove Buses Update

6.Youth Climate Summit 9-13th November

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.


Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely


Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ


Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

1.Requesting help during lockdown

On the council’s main Covid-19 page you can request help with things like shopping and collecting prescriptions, you can apply for self-isolating payments, access advice regarding debt and support your wellbeing. We can of course help you or flag the query with someone who can.

2.Affected council services

Over the coming days, the council will publish how different services are affected- we are still waiting for government guidance in many different areas. So far, to note: public toilets remain open, as do recycling centres. Library buildings will be closed to the public during the lockdown period from 5th November to 2nd December. Digital library services are still available. Some home delivery services will also operate-more details to follow.

Hove Town Hall civic reception is closed

Brighton Town Hall is only open to registrars and the Local Land Charges Personal Search Terminal

Our switchboard is operating a reduced service.

More information

3.Message from Director of Public Health

The message from the DPH is straight forward and although this is a communication to council staff, I thought it was useful to distribute to you all.

Current Covid-19 alert level and guidance

Dear colleagues,

The Government’s new national restrictions came into effect today, Thursday 5 November. The Government has suspended the Local Alert Level system while the new national restrictions are in place.

It will be difficult for all of us to enter lockdown again, but it gives us an opportunity to drive down rates of infection in the city.

In the seven days up to 30 October (based on data published on 4 November) we had 408 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove. This is an 8% reduction compared to the previous seven day period, however the rates remain too high. The full data is published in detail on our website so I will not go into detail here.

The new national restrictions gives us an opportunity to slow the spread.  Our goal is to turn this situation around and drive down rates of transmission in the city so that we are in a much better place by the end of the four week period. To do this we all need to stick to the national guidelines.

In addition:

  • If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if they are very mild – please self-isolate, along with your household members, and apply for a test immediately.
  • Closely follow the self-isolation guidelines to stop the virus infecting more people.
  • Respond to NHS Test and Trace if they contact you to help break the chain of transmission.

Please share this message widely with everyone who needs to see it. Tomorrow Geoff will be messaging the whole organisation outlining the latest guidance, advice and support for working during this next period.

Kind regards,

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

4.Healthwatch update- PDF attached

Lots of health resources as ever from Healthwatch

5.Brighton and Hove Buses update

Bus services continue uninterrupted by second lockdown

With the second national lockdown taking effect tomorrow, I wanted to share very briefly some important information with you for your own stakeholders. 

Following discussions with the Department for Transport, we can confirm that current levels of service on all of our bus networks will be maintained during the four-week lockdown.  While volumes of passenger movements will be much reduced, this position offers certainty for everyone, and especially key workers who will continue to need to access work, and for others who cannot work at home or who need to access shops and essential services.

Bus services have continued to be delivered safely thanks to the magnificent efforts to keep them clean and to operate in a safe manner by all transport staff, and I hope that you and the wider public have been further reassured by independent investigations such as that by the Dispatches TV programme last week and the BBC’s investigation in London this week. We will continue to do everything we can to deliver clean and safe bus services and to work in partnership with our customers who have such a vital role in helping keep themselves and other members of the community safe by adopting safe behaviours on public transport at all times.

Full information about the continuation of services is being published through all of our channels today, together with continuing communications to encourage safe behaviours and reassure people as to the safety of our services.

Kind regards

Martin Harris

6.Youth Climate Summit 9-13th November

Details below

View this email in your browser   Just one week until the Youth Climate Summit!   There is still time for your class, school or eco-council to get involved in one, several or many of the 150 events for primary and secondary schools!

To help set the scene for the week of events, we have prepared a simple powerpoint for assemblies, introducing climate change, global and local action and the role your school can play in addressing the issue.  You can download it here and adapt for your school.

Finally, please complete this short survey to tell us which YCS events you are attending and/or how your school may get involved with an exciting climate focused event for head teachers in Spring 2021.     Youth Climate Summit     9-13 November 2020   There are over 150 online events for schools and teachers to join for FREE.  
You can see the primary programme here and secondary programme here (including events run by St Lukes Primary, ONCA and Sussex Wildlife Trust).
Sign up to online sessions here and do tell us what events you are attending here!     Let’s Go Zero   The Youth Climate summit will also see the launch of Let’s Go Zero – a campaign for schools to pledge to be carbon zero by 2030.  Schools across the country will reduce their own climate impact and demand greater government support to achieve this goal.
This supports Brighton & Hove City Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 pledge.    Please do get in touch if you’d like more information on any of the above Katie
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