Due to a rise in infection rates across England, the Government has today announced it is delaying further easing of lockdown restrictions.
What’s not changing
The following restrictions will remain in place for at least another fortnight and won’t be eased from tomorrow (1 August 2020) as planned:
- Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos must remain closed
- Conference and exhibition centres must remain closed
- Indoor performances of live events are not allowed
- Small wedding receptions with sit-down meals of no more than 30 people are not allowed
- Close contact services such as facial treatment and make up application are not allowed
- Trials allowing fans to attend sporting events will now not take place
Restrictions on those who have been shielding, will still be lifted from 1 August. Particular care should be taken to follow social distancing guidelines when meeting people.
New rules on face coverings
From 8 August it will be a legal requirement to wear face masks in:
- Places of worship
You already must wear face coverings in:
- Banks and building societies
- Post offices
- Public transport
Hands, face, space, test
We all have a role to play in keeping the virus under control. You can help by remembering hands, face, space, test
- Hands – wash them regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or sanitise them with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if that’s not possible
- Face – wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible and you will be mixing with lots of different people you would not normally meet
- Space – keep a safe distance from others
- Test – if you have symptoms, get yourself a free test and follow self-isolation rules. You can get a test online or call 119
If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus you will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.
Eat Out to Help Out
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August you can get a 50% discount, up to £10 per person, off food and soft drinks at participating restaurants. The discount only applies if you are eating in. There is no minimum spend and it can be used more than once.
Get in shape to help you fight covid-19
Gaining weight is often a gradual process – it happens over the years as a result of modern-day life and the odd unhealthy habit.
Extra weight causes fat to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now covid-19.
If you are overweight or living with obesity, lowering your weight can help reduce your risk of developing serious diseases.
You can learn more about obesity, and get support, from Obesity UK, the leading charity dedicated to supporting people living with obesity.
Help available to you
The NHS Better Health website has lots of support available including:
- A free 12 week weight loss programme you can download to your device
- Links to other paid for weight loss plans
- Couch 2 Fitness – 9 week exercise programme
- Free online fitness videos
Parking charges to return from Monday
Our free parking offer is coming to an end. From Monday, 3 August, charges will apply. You can pay using your mobile phone or with coins. If you do pay with coins we advise you to wash or sanitise your hands aferwards.
Parking will continue to be free for NHS staff, social care staff and official community volunteers (those attached to volunteer centres or similar organisations) while carrying out their duties. Appropriate evidence must be displayed (e.g a copy of an ID badge with sensitive information removed or an official letter).
Financial support available for you
Help paying your Council Tax
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, then check if you can apply for Council Tax Support
If you do not qualify for Council Tax Support please get in touch with our team and they will see if there is another way they can help you.
Email Revenues@southworcestershirerevenues.gov.uk to discuss your situation.
Ban on evictions extended
The Government has extended the ban on landlords being able to evict people renting their home until 23 August. Read the full announcement.
Citizens’ Advice is open for business
Citizens’ Advice South Worcestershire also remains open to support you if you need it. They offer one-to-one advice by highly trained volunteers, now working from home. Many are specialists in their fields such as housing, employment and debt.
You can contact their Wychavon branch in Evesham on 01386 712 100, choosing Option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 2 is dedicated to the Universal Credit Support Service.
The service is also part of the national Advice Line telephone service, open to the public Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm on 03444 111 303.
Money management help
If you would like help to make the most of your money then the two online budgeting toolkits below may be useful.
If you need help with debt management or restructuring your finances then contact the CAB using the details above or you can get free help from The Money Advice Service.
Help paying your utility bills
If you need help paying your water bill then please visit Severn Trent’s bill help payment page.
If you need help paying your gas or electric bill then read Ofgem’s advice about the support on offer.