COVID-19 Update

We are sharing some information on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council:

  • Current restrictions have been extended for at least 3 more weeks
  • A reminder that holiday lets must stay shut
  • Public toilets across the city will close from 17th April

The Major is calling for nominations for people who have gone above and beyond to help others In addition, we have included the following:

  • A Brighton and Hove update
  • A Healthwatch update

Restrictions extended

The government announced that social distancing measures would remain in place for “at least” 3 more weeks.

  • Social distancing measures have been successful, but it is a mixed and inconsistent picture
  • The infection rate has not come down as far as we need it to
  • Any changes to social distancing measures now would risk a significant increase in infections and undo the progress that has been made

The government also announced 5 things which need to be satisfied before they will consider relaxing the current restrictions. The evidence needs to show the following:

  • That the NHS can continue to cope
  • There needs to be a sustained fall in death rates
  • There is reliable data that the rate of infection is decreasing
  • Operational measures around things like Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) are in place
  • That relaxing social distancing measures will not result in a second peak of infections and deaths

Everyone should therefore continue to:

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others is available on the GOV.UK website.

Anyone can spread the virus. Stay home and save lives.

Holiday Lets Must Stay Shut

Trading standards has reported that some people are ignoring government guidelines against non-essential travel and coming to Brighton and Hove to stay in pre-booked holiday accommodation.

Emergency legislation now in place states that accommodation providers must remain closed to guests until further notice. Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, even for isolation purposes and holiday property owners must not allow guests to stay.

If guests who have previously booked accommodation turn up, they should be sent home. They are not permitted, by law, to stay. Accommodation providers who flout the law are liable for prosecution and face unlimited fines.

Public Toilets

Following the continued restrictions on movement, the council will be closing the majority of public toilets in the city from Friday 17th April.

Mayor to Honour City Covid-19 Community Champions

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Alexandra Phillips, is calling on residents in the city to nominate people in their community.

Nominations are being sought for anyone living or working in Brighton and Hove who has shown outstanding community spirit and dedication which has made a direct and significant positive impact on the lives of others.

To nominate, please send a letter or email of no more than 250 words (no attachments) including the name of the person, contact details and what it is that the person is doing to merit the nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations to be sent to mayorsoffice@brighton-hove.gov.uk or to the Civic Office, Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JA by the 1 May.

A panel of community leaders chaired by the Mayor will select the winners, whose names will be announced at full council on the 14th May.

A Community Champion certificate will be sent to the nominee. At a later date, a celebration will be held in the Mayor’s Parlour to thank the Champions for the contribution they have made to their community.

Brighton and Hove Update

As at 16th April, the city’s total number of positive cases stood at 227. There have now been a total of 256 deaths across Sussex healthcare trusts (not just Brighton and Hove).The Council has established a Community Hub which offers additional help in coping with coronavirus.

The Community Hub is focused on helping people who do not have an extreme medical condition but who may be vulnerable because they are isolated from help, too unwell to buy food or have other pressing difficulties because of coronavirus. Community Hubs also provide a place for people to find out about volunteering opportunities.

To request support yourself or on behalf of someone else using the details below:

The Council is also producing daily briefings which can be found on their website.

Healthwatch Information and Advice

We have started a project for our volunteers and staff to phone vulnerable people after their discharge from the Royal Sussex County Hospital. This is helping to ensure that people are receiving the advice and care they need.

Healthwatch is using your feedback to raise issues, concerns and questions with local services and city leaders. Your stories help us tell them what additional help and information is needed.

Please get in touch and share these with us, both good and less good; as well as any questions that you may have.Lastly, do remember to check out our website where you will find regular updates, answers to frequently asked questions, updates on local health and social care services, and links to other organisations who may be able to offer support.

If you need information on a particular topic please let us know:

Information is available in a variety of formats and our fully accessible Covid-19 webpage can be accessed via www.covid.reciteme.com.