COVID-19 public policy and community services 

    National government updates

    While we currently remain in the lockdown instated on 4th January, the government has now released details of the 'roadmap' out of lockdown. From 8 March, there are a number of changes, including children returning to school and visits to care homes by a single person.

    You can get a free NHS test to check whether you have the virus, If you are suffering from at least one of the following three coronavirus symptoms: high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.

    NHS updates

    • Healthier Together, the health and care partnership for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have written to residents about ongoing individual care services in the region.

    Local council updates

    • Surge testing update: Over 33,500 tests were carried out between Sunday 7 February and Wednesday 17 February, around 20% of people who were eligible. This method of testing has now ended, and resulted in around one percent of those tested showing positive for COVID-19.
    • Extra government funding has been allocated to Bristol City Council to help ensure life-saving support can be provided to victims of domestic abuse and their children. For more information see the Council's press release.
    • Due to the current lockdown in England, all Bristol libraries are closed from Wednesday 6 January until further notice. You can find library resources online, such as ebooks and magazines, and there will be a range of online sessions streamed by the libraries, such as author events. 
    • Due to the current lockdown in England, a range of local services from Bristol City Council are closed, including museums, leisure centres, and schools (except for vulnerable children and those whose parents or carers are key workers). Click here and select 'Changes to services' from the list for full details. Restrictions in Bristol parks are explained here
    • Bristol Museums are still collecting stories and items connected to people's experiences of the coronavirus pandemic. You can contact them here.

    Community updates

    • Eastside Community Trust is running a project to support older people in Easton and Lawrence Hill use computer technology, such as Zoom, which will help them stay connected to others. If you know an older person who would like to be more confident on a computer and would appreciate help from a younger person, please email Tracy at or call 07947 830973. 
    • A food campaign and website, Bristol Bites Back Better, has been launched to get people more involved in the city's local food system, sharing knowledge, skills and stories. It has been developed by Bristol Food Network and Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol City Council, and Resource Futures. 

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