Further 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
  • Guidance for the Christmas period
  • Retail opening hours extended for Christmas
  • Christmas travel measures to help passengers travel safely
  • Coronavirus support for businesses
  • Vitamin D supplements during winter
  • Monthly claim deadlines for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Closing certain businesses and venues in England
  • Moving home during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings
  • Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
  • Use of face coverings in education, travelling to school or college and in out-of-school settings
  • Phased return of sport and recreation
  • Working safely if you work in guest accommodation
  • Small marriages and civil partnerships
  • Wellbeing service is here to help you
  • Chichester markets
  • CDC audit of accounts
  • Share with a  friend (newsletter)

Latest update

Last week the Government authorised the first coronavirus vaccine for use following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The UK has secured 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and all parts of the UK have now received doses. The mass vaccination programme started yesterday, with a 90-year-old woman from Coventry receiving the first ever jab of the vaccine outside a trial.

The following priority groups will receive the vaccine first: people aged over 80, health workers and carers. The majority of these groups will receive the vaccination in January and February.

The Government also announced that the armed forces are playing a key role in the vaccination programme, helping construct vaccination centres and with thousands of military personnel on standby to support the coronavirus response effort.

Guidance for the Christmas period

The Government has published guidance for the Christmas period in England. From 2 December to 23 December, local restrictions in the tier in which you are staying should be followed. From 23 December to 27 December, you may choose to form a Christmas bubble which allows you to spend time together in private homes, to attend places of worship, or meet in a public outdoor place. From 28 December, you must follow the guidance for the tier in your area and Christmas bubbles will no longer apply. Find our more at: Guidance for the Christmas period and Local restrictions .

Retail opening hours extended for Christmas

Planning rules limiting retail opening hours will be eased to allow shops to open longer from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January.  The announcement was made as England returned to a tiered system of restrictions on 2 December.

Christmas travel measures to help passengers travel safely

A series of measures have been announced to minimise disruption and help people travel safely over the Christmas period. A Christmas travel window will take place between 23 and 27 December and measures include lifting roadworks, enhancing rail services, postponing and accelerating rail engineering works and cutting ticket charges. The Government is also urging passengers to plan their journeys carefully, consider quieter routes and, where possible, book ahead. Find out more at: Christmas travel guidance .

Coronavirus support for businesses

We're reminding eligible businesses that have had to close during the recent national restrictions to make sure that they apply for government funding on our website at: Business rates - 2020/21 announcements.

These are time limited and so it is vital that they apply by 13 December 2020. We are also currently working on a further scheme to support businesses which are experiencing financial losses due to Tier 2 restrictions. This scheme follows further recent announcements by central government and will be available throughout the period when the district is in Tier 2 or 3 of restrictions. This scheme is called the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) and will shortly be publicised on our website: Coronavirus support for businesses.

The Government is also releasing further funding for pubs that do not offer substantial meals and so have been unable to reopen. Information on this will be released shortly. We're also still issuing our business recovery grants - more information can be found here: COVID-19 recovery grants, and we are also developing a further package of support for businesses for 2021.

Vitamin D supplements during winter

At risk groups are being encouraged to take up free vitamin D supplements being offered by the Government this winter. Last month Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advised that 10 micrograms of vitamin D are needed daily for healthy bones and muscles. Find out more at: Vitamin D supplementation guidance and How to take vitamin D supplements safely .

Monthly claim deadlines for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employers are advised that the extended version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now has monthly claim deadlines. If you are an employer, then any claims for November must be submitted no later than 14 December. Any claims must now be submitted within 14 calendar days after the month they are for. You can find out more at: Claim wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme .

Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Guidance which sets out the restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England under the different local restriction tier levels has been updated. The guidance explains the rules on business closures in England that came into effect on 2 December.

Moving home during the coronavirus outbreak

If you are moving home then guidance has been updated by the Government. The guidance is for owner-occupiers and private or social renters and is in line with the local restriction tier system. Find out more at: Guidance on moving home .

Safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings

Guidance on the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings has been updated in line with the local restriction tier system. Find out more at: Guidance on safe use of places of worship .

Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

If you manage a community centre, village hall or other community facility, then the guidance on safely re-opening them has been updated in line with the tiered system of local restrictions. You can find out more at: Guidance on safe use of multi-purpose community facilities .

Use of face coverings in education, travelling to school or college and in out-of-school settings

Guidance around the use of face coverings in education to reflect the end of national restrictions on 2 December has been updated. The Government has also updated its guidance on the use of face coverings when travelling to school or college and on protective measures for providers of holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings. Find out more at at:

Phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance around the phased return of sport has been updated to reflect the return to local restriction tiers. The guidance is for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches and includes information on the safe return of spectators. Find out more at: Guidance on phased return of sport and recreation .

Working safely if you work in guest accommodation

If you work in or run a hotel or other guest accommodation, then the Government has updated its guidance for working safely.  Find out more at: Working safely in hotels and guest accommodation .

Small marriages and civil partnerships

If you are planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England, the Government has updated its guidance to bring it in line with the local restriction tier system that is now in force. Find out more at:  Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships .

Wellbeing service is here to help you

Chichester Wellbeing continue to offer free 1:1 virtual wellbeing appointments on a range of health and wellbeing topics including: mental wellbeing, work-life balance (including working from home), healthy eating, exercise, menopause, alcohol awareness and home energy. The service also has a dedicated Workplace Health advisor who is able to offer both whole-company webinars and 1:1 sessions to help businesses and staff thrive during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has never been a more important time to be healthy and Chichester Wellbeing are here to help all who either live and/or work in Chichester district to make small changes to their lifestyle which can make a big difference to their wellbeing. For more information you can contact the Chichester Wellbeing team on 01243 521041 or email info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk

Chichester markets

The Wednesday and Saturday markets, run by Brays Associates are now back operating on a weekly basis and with a full range of stalls, in line with the coronavirus Tier 2 local restrictions. The markets take place every Wednesday and Saturday in the Cattle Market car park, 8.30am until 3pm. Find out more at: Bray Associates or find them on Facebook. The Chichester Farmers' Market will also be running on Friday 18 December, also in the Cattle Market car park from 9am until 2pm. Find out more at: Farmers' Market.

CDC audit of accounts

We have now completed our annual audit of accounts. For more information and to view the accounts, please visit: Statement of accounts.

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