Coronavirus News in Brief – 1st June 2020

Over the last few weeks’ we’ve noticed lots of people have stopped making sure they keep 2m away from everyone else.  So, although shops will be doing their best to be safe for all shoppers and staff, when out and about you should use whatever protection makes you feel safe e.g. glasses, masks, or gloves, etc. 

But, if you do this, please make sure you put them on, and take them off, as safely as possible.  You can find guidance on this here.

Does having had the virus result in immunity and how long does it last?

No-one knows yet if having had the virus means you are immune from catching it again.  COVID-19 is a new disease and the science around immunity to the virus is still not clear.

There is currently no firm evidence that the presence of antibodies means someone cannot be re-infected with the virus or will not pass it on to someone else.

This means that if you test positive, or think you have had the virus, you must still follow social distancing measures.

New places to go that have re-opened

Can’t wait to get to a garden centre or have a cuppa at one of Bristol’s parks?  Well, now you can!

  • Riverside Garden Centre is open again (except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays).  Allow plenty of time, and get there early if you can, because it is extremely popular at the moment. 
  • Blaise Plant Nursery shop re-opens from 8:00am to 4:00pm, between 4-7 June and then 10:00am-4:00pm every day until 31 July.
  • Café at Blaise Castle Estate will open from Monday 1 June.
  • Cafes and golf facilities at Ashton Court will open from Monday 1 June.

Cabot Circus will be re-opening on 15 June

A range of measures to keep everyone safe have been introduced, to make re-opening possible.

St. Nicholas Outdoor Market and Broadmead

Floor markings and social distancing markers and advice will be introduced in St Nick’s outdoor market and in Broadmead next week, to support visitors to shop safely.

Council Housing Repairs

Bristol City Council (BCC) are aiming to start work on the large number of non-urgent repairs for Council tenants that has built up during the pandemic – a backlog of about 3,000 repairs. 

BCC will be contacting residents in advance and all tenants with a repair will be contacted directly to book an appointment.  They will not be taking any new non-urgent repair requests until July but they are still taking and completing emergency repairs.

Volunteers Week

This week is Vounteers week and BCC will be celebrating the way that Bristol’s communities have pulled together to support neighbours and fellow citizens, as part of Volunteers’ Week.

They will be thanking Bristol’s new wave of community action through radio and social media channels.

New Test and Trace Service

The Government has launched its NHS Test and Trace service.

From now on, anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. 

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  If they test positive, they must stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed.  If they test negative, they must finish completing their 14-day isolation period [link].

New Rules on Socialising Start

Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June [link].  Please note that this means six people in total, not all those you share your home with plus 6 people.

The Prime Minister emphasised that it is critical that those from different households continue to stay 2 metres apart.  He also said people should still not spend time inside the homes of their friends and families, other than to access the garden or use the toilet. 

The Government added that people should try to avoid seeing people from too many households in in a short period of time [link].

Further information 

  1. Updated guidance on Covid-19 testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested [link]
  • Latest news on which businesses can, and can’t, be open [link].

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