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With more and more people enjoying the countryside, please remember to follow the countryside code and consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
LATEST GOVENMENT ADVICE
Guidance on using public transport
South Gloucestershire Council Discretionary Small Business Support Grants Fund:
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has advised that applications to apply for the second cohort of the Discretionary Small Business Support Grants Fund are now open until Monday 13th July (midday).
Through cohort 1 SGC has successfully supported nearly 150 businesses with over £530,000 of funding and cohort 2 will provide support to additional businesses within South Gloucestershire.
The Discretionary Small Business Support Grants Fund provides support to some small and micro businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that can demonstrate a significant drop in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic restriction measures. The Discretionary Small Business Support Grants help support businesses that did not meet the criteria for the existing Business Support Grants Schemes.
The fund will prioritise the following businesses:
- businesses in shared or flexible spaces (such as units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment).
- regular market traders.
- small charity properties in receipt of mandatory charitable rate relief that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief.
- Bed and Breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates.
The following are also able to apply:
- independent businesses – those that are not eligible for Small Business Rate Grants due to payment to a landlord of all-inclusive rent.
- charities and community organisations – those not eligible for Small Business Rate Grants due to payment to a landlord of all-inclusive rent.
- childcare nurseries – those with a rateable value over £15,000 who will not have received business support grants to date, or that are not eligible for Small Business Rate Grants due to payment to a landlord of all-inclusive rent.
To apply, read the FAQ’s or for more information please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/discretionaryfund
Staying safe outside your home It is your responsibility to adopt these principles wherever possible. The government is also using these principles as the basis of discussions with businesses, unions, local government and many other stakeholders, to agree how the principles should apply in different settings to make them safer. All of us, as customers, visitors, employees or employers need to make changes to lower the risk of transmission of the virus. The government has consulted with its scientific advisers to establish the principles that will determine these changes.
1. Keep your distance from people outside your household
Whilst recognising this will not always be possible, it is important to be aware that the risk of infection increases the closer you are to another person with the virus, and the amount of time you spend in close contact with them. Therefore, you are unlikely to be infected if you walk past another person in the street. Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.
2. Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
Wash your hands often using soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Where available, use sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces. Avoid touching your face.
3. Work from home if you can
With the proper equipment and adjustments, many people can do most or all of their work from home. Your employer should support you to find reasonable adjustments to do this. However, not all jobs can be done from home. If your workplace is open and you cannot work from home, you can travel to work.
4. Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household
You are at higher risk of being directly exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing) when you are within two metres of someone and have face-to-face contact with them. You can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.
5. Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting
You can lower the risks of transmission in the workplace by reducing the number of people you come into contact with regularly, where you can. Your employer can support with this (where practical) by:
- changing shift patterns and rotas to match you with the same team each time
- splitting people into smaller, contained teams
6. Avoid crowds
You can lower the risks of transmission by reducing the number of people you come into close contact with. For example, avoid peak travel times on public transport, where possible.
Businesses should also take reasonable steps to avoid people being gathered together. For example, by allowing the use of more entrances and exits, and staggering entrance and exit, where possible.
7. If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel
To reduce demand on the public transport network, you should walk or cycle wherever possible. If you have to use public transport, you should try to avoid peak times.
Employers should consider staggering working hours, expanding bicycle storage facilities, providing changing facilities and providing car parking.
8. Wash your clothes regularly
There is some evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics for a few days, although usually it is shorter. Therefore, if you are working with people outside your household, wash your clothes regularly.
Changing clothes in workplaces should only be considered where there is a high risk of infection or there are highly vulnerable people, such as in a care home. If you need to change your clothes, avoid crowding into a changing room.
9. Keep indoor places well ventilated
Evidence suggests that the virus is less likely to be passed on in well-ventilated buildings and outdoors.
In good weather, try to leave windows and doors open in areas where people from different households come into contact, or move activity outdoors if you can.
Use external extractor fans to keep spaces well ventilated and make sure that ventilation systems are set to maximise the air flow rate.
Heating and cooling systems can be used at their normal temperature settings.
10. Face coverings
If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.
Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.
Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough and/or high temperature), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.
A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards.
Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.
It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.
You can make face-coverings at home. The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose.
11. When at work, follow the advice given to you by your employer
Employers have a duty to assess and manage risks to your safety in the workplace. The government has issued guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus. This includes guidance on how to make adjustments to your workplace to help you maintain social distancing.
It also includes guidance on hygiene, as evidence suggests that the virus can exist for up to 72 hours on surfaces. Therefore, frequent cleaning is particularly important for communal surfaces like:
- door handles
- lift buttons
- communal areas like bathrooms
- tea points
You can see the guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus on gov.uk and can ask your employer if you have questions.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELLBEING
South Gloucestershire Council has a dedicated webpage providing information on a range of issues to help you look after your wellbeing
The following are extracts from various pages on South Gloucestershire council website giving links (highlighted in red) to support and information.
Staying active at home
The “Move More” section of the One You South Gloucestershire website provides information on how to remain active at home.
The NHS have some easy equipment-free fitness routines which are great to do at home.
It’s natural to feel anxious during times of uncertainty. The “Stress Less” section of the One You South Gloucestershire website provides guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing during this difficult time.
Mental health and wellbeing support
South Gloucestershire Council also have a dedicated Mind You website with useful information for supporting children and young people who may also be struggling with the uncertainty and impact of Covid-19.
You can find information and advice about looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic from the following links:
Education and support for children and young people
South Gloucestershire Council Education and support for children and young people page has further signposting information including Community Children’s Health Partnership services and support for families through the council’s Access and Response Team.
If you would prefer to speak to someone to find out what support is available, call Southern Brooks Community Partnership on 0333 577 4666. Open: 11am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 12pm to 6pm Saturday and Sunday, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership
You can also contact Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership. Phone the 24-hour AWP NHS helpline: 0300 3031320.
Our Frontline is a new service formed by Samaritans, Mind, Shout and Hospice UK, supported by The Royal Foundation, providing round the clock support to all of those going to work as part of the national response to the coronavirus. From supermarket staff to delivery drivers, social workers to police officers, Our Frontline provides mental health and bereavement support and tailored online resources.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- only travel on public transport if you need to
- work from home, if you can
- avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
- avoid events with large groups of people
- use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC)
The council has a dedicated webpage that contains various information and links about coronavirus.
If you are self-isolating because you or a member of your household has Coronavirus, please put personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in bin bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. All other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
Further information for self-isolating households be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Please support and protect our staff so they can keep working by following Public Health guidance and staying at least two metres away.
For the latest update on changes to service as a result of coronavirus please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/servicedisruption. This is a fast-evolving situation and information may be updated daily.
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To help people whose income or employment have been affected by the Coronavirus crisis, the eligibility criteria for Future Bright have been temporarily expanded. Further information can be found below.
M5 J14-15 Falfield Resurfacing
Road Closures Wotton under Edge Haw Street and and Westfield
South Gloucestershire Council is installing LED street lighting during 2020. Please see links to further information
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