Coronavirus Update 27th May 2020

Latest Coronavirus Update for Bristol (27th May 2020)



All Bristol licensed vehicles have been asked to follow these guidelines: 

  1. Only work if you are not putting anyone at risk.
  2. Ask new customers if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 before you agree to carry them.
  3. Wipe down all surfaces likely to be touched, with disinfectant or alcohol hand gel before starting your shift and after each and every journey.
  4. Clean the vehicle thoroughly between shifts.
  5. Carry a suitable alcohol based hand gel and/or wipes.
  6. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  7. Provide a suitable alcohol based hand gel for customer use prior to entry into the vehicle.
  8. Avoid touching your face, and if you have to cough or sneeze use a tissue.
  9. Provide plastic bags for customers.
  10. If carrying more than one customer, ensure they are from the same household.   
  11. If passengers are not from the same household you must only carry one passenger and refuse to carry the remaining passengers.
  12. Increase ventilation by keeping windows open where possible.
  13. Always wash your hands or use sanitizing gel.
  14. Wear a face covering as a safety measure.
  15. If your vehicle breaks down, you and your customers should get out of the vehicles if safe to do so and stay two metres apart pending recovery or another car arriving to complete the journey.
  16. Consider getting contactless/card payment facilities.
  17. Ask customers to sit facing away from you if possible, and avoid physical contact with a customer.
  18. Where it is not possible for customers to sit away, request they sit in the rear passenger seat behind the front passenger seat.
  19. Passengers with accessibility requirements: drivers are still under the same legal obligation to provide reasonable assistance to passengers who may require it.

“It is crucial that we do all we can to protect both taxi drivers and their passengers in this crisis, and so I welcome these guidelines which are designed to do that in Bristol.  Taxis are also the only public transport available to many Disabled and older people and I am really pleased that, in Bristol, we are doing what we can to make them as safe as possible.”

Councillor Ruth Pickersgill, chairperson of Bristol City Council’s Public Safety and Protection Committee

Recycling centres

Recycling centres are now open 8.45am – 6.45pm.

Coronavirus rules for using the recycling centres:

  • Only one person out of car or small van (no transit vans or trailers) at a time unless two are necessary.
  • Licence plates with last number 0,2,4,6,8 can visit on Thursday 28 May and 30 May.
  • Licence plates with last number 1,3,5,7,9 can visit on Friday 29 May and 31 May.
  • Take photo ID and proof of residency in Bristol (utility/council tax bill).


  1. All non-essential sellers – from department stores to small independent shops – can reopen in England from 15 June, if they put in place social distancing measures.
  • Outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June, if they are “Covid secure”.

But the government has said these dates could change if the number of people catching coronavirus increases.

Garden centres have already reopened in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  DIY chains – some of which stayed open throughout the lockdown – have also reopened many of their shops.

What about hairdressers, pubs and cafes?

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels, cinemas and places of worship will open from 4 July at the earliest, as long as they can meet social distancing measures.

However, indoor public spaces such as beauty salons, where social distancing may be difficult, could reopen ”significantly later”, depending on when the rate of infection goes down.

Support Hub for Older People

The Support Hub from Bristol Ageing Better has been set up to help older people and their families cope with the impact of the coronavirus, Covid-19 in Bristol. We provide a range of practical, emotional and social support. Our new members include Carers Support Centre, Nilaari, The Exercise Club, Bristol Black Carers, Pocklington Trust, Re-engage, and Bristol Bears Rugby.

We are a growing partnership of voluntary organisations that already work to support older people in Bristol. We’re offering practical support with errands, as well as specialist information and advice on benefits & allowances, housing and social care, phone befriending, social activities by phone, online or post, as well as referrals for professional counselling for those who need a higher level of emotional support including bereavement counselling.

We are keen to support as many people as we can but we are aware that there are many support and signposting services available which older people can access and are keen to ensure we complement what others are doing without duplicating. Our offer is a ‘one-stop’ hub with support from staff who are DBS checked and who have specialist skills and experience in meeting the needs of older people.

If you would like to refer someone for any of these services, please come directly through the Support Hub helpline:

0117 929 7537
For more information about the Support Hub, please visit:

Support the Deaf Community – Sign this letter in support.

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we have seen an increase in people wearing masks to protect themselves from particles in the air. However, this isn’t accessible for the deaf community, who need to be able to see people’s mouth when they are communicating, so they can lipread.

Read the letter here (BSL version. available in download) –

To get your name added to the letter, email giving them permission to do so. 

Motability’s top tips for keeping entertained in Lockdown

The Motability Scheme helps you get mobile by exchanging your higher rate mobility allowance to lease a new affordable car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, scooter or powered wheelchair. While at present they are unable to offer their services. They are sharing their top tips with customers on how to keep fit and entertained during Lockdown.

8 Accessible Virtual Tours

Helen Dolphin’s Guide to indoor gardening

Keeping Fit during Isolation (chair/seated edition)

Survey: Impact of COVID–19 on Health and Social Care Services at home, in Bristol

Healthwatch Bristol, an independent champion for people using health and social care.  We are conducting a survey amongclients/patients receiving care at home in Bristol, and their carers or family members. 

We need to find out how COVID-19 has been affecting their care, especially what is working well and what is not. Their responses will be used to help service providers to tackle issues that matter most.

Please could you help us disseminate this survey as widely as possible to patients, carers and family members.  If you are in the target group yourself, we would really appreciate hearing about your experience by filling in the survey.

Here is the link  or scan the QR code

The deadline for this survey is 1st June 2020

The online survey is easy to fill in on your phone, tablet or laptop.

If you need a paper version/s or more information, please contact:

Acomo Oloya   07857 055804  

Julie Bird          07944 369180  

Call out for Psychiatric Hospital patients

From Simone Aspis who is a Director for Changing Perspectives

We are looking for anyone who is stuck in a psychiatric hospital who feels the hospital rules after Corovid-19 outbreak are not fair and would like to challenge them.   We have lawyers who wants to support disabled people to challenge hospital’s blanket policies.  We are keen to talk to inpatients.    

As a member of People First as you might expect, I have provided an easy read document explaining who I am and why we want to hear from people with mental health conditions, autism and learning difficulties.     People can have one or more conditions. 

Human Rights – How can we unlock them?

Training session

BIHR have teamed up with Learning Disability England to provide a free online session for people with learning disabilities, autistic people & family to learn how human rights can help

you build & keep an independent life.

Date: Friday 22nd May, (Zoom meeting)

Time: 10 – 11 am

Find out more here.

NHS Responder Volunteer Scheme

If you are currently not supported and need some help with shopping, a prescription collection or a friendly chat then our NHS Volunteer Responders are ready to help. 

Please note, you should only get in touch if you fall into one of the following categories:

a.   People aged 70 years and older with underlying health  conditions;

b.   If you are in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ to COVID 19 group and have been sent a letter asking you to shield from the virus;

c.   People who are pregnant; 

d.   If you are newly socially vulnerable as a result of COVID 19;

e.   People who have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010;

f.   Others with high-risk conditions could include:

– People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma,

– People with serious heart conditions,

– People who are immunocompromised including because of cancer treatment,

– People of any age with severe obesity e.g. body mass  index (BMI) over 40.

Certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, dementia, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk.

If you meet any of these specific criteria, or you consider yourself vulnerable for another reason (for instance, you have Parkinson’s, Epilepsy or are vulnerable due to a mental health condition) and you need help collecting shopping, medicines or would like a telephone ‘check in and chat’ please call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange volunteer support.

Can carers make a referral on someone else’s behalf?

As someone with caring responsibilities, you are able to make a referral for someone that you care for that meets the above criteria. You can also make a referral for yourself, if this support helps you to continue in your caring role. Please call us on 0808 196 3646 to make a referral.

For more information or to read our FAQs, please click here

Changes to Lockdown Rules

1.      Working – If you can work from home you must continue to do so.  But, if you can’t because you work in building or manufacturing jobs, you can return to work from today (13th May).  However, you should only do this if your employer has made sure that you will be safe.  If you are concerned that you won’t be safe you should not work.

2.      Furloughing scheme to continue

The government’s scheme for workers will now continue until the end of October.  From August, the scheme will continue, whatever type of work you do, but with more choice for employers to bring staff back to work (see above).
The scheme will  continue to cover 80% of furloughed workers wages.

3.      Contact with friends and relatives – From today (13th May) in England, two people from different households will be able to meet in outdoor settings – such as parks – but they must stay more than 2m (6ft) apart.  This means you can now meet up with family or friends, as long as there is just the two of you and you keep two metres apart.

4.      Enforcement – The government has said the fines for people who break social distancing rules will be much higher.  However, at the moment we don’t know how much they will be.

4.      Exercise – From 13th May people in England will be able to spend more time outdoors, if it is “for leisure purposes”.  There will be no limit to how much exercise people can do but they still need to follow the social distancing rules.

You can find the full information and more on the government’s website.


Furloughing scheme – This means employers who employ people who cannot work because of coronavirus can get a grant from the government that will pay nearly all of those employees wages.

Enforcement – Enforcement is when people are made to keep to the rules, and punished if they don’t.

Leisure purposes – This means things like walking, having a picnic, playing golf, fishing, cycling, running, photography, etc.  But, most sport is still not allowed.


The Alliance for Inclusive Education are inviting disabled pupils, students, parents and education professionals / practitioners to complete this very short survey about the impact that convid-19 outbreak and policy is happening around accessing mainstream education within the next week as we want to submit our evidence to the Education Select Committee that will be meeting at the end of May.  

The link for the survey is:

Below is a link to ALLFIE’s convid-19 newsletter containing what we have been doing to ensure that disabled people’s rights to mainstream education is not being undermined by Government’s emergency convid-19 legislation: