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Official information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We will keep this page updated with the latest information during the outbreak. Information applies until further notice.

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Support

Measures are being developed to support vulnerable people through COVID-19. We will list them here as they become available.

Financial help for business and self-employed
Problems paying your Council Tax?
Re-opening businesses risk assessments and support
Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person
Coronavirus and claiming benefits
Domestic abuse support
Get or give help in the community
Relaxed enforcement of business delivery hours
Energy & heating support
Cultural sector emergency funding package

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Services affected

Here are the current effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our services. We will keep this page updated with the latest information. Information applies until further notice.

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Homes Home visits to people self isolating with symptoms are restricted to essential or emergency visits only. During such visits members of the household will be required to be in a different room.
Council Our Parkside office and customer service centre is partially open for payment counters only. Room hire is suspended.
Community Our public toilets in Bromsgrove town centre, Sanders Park, and Rubery are now open with changes for your safety. Our public toilets in Alvechurch are closed.
Children Advice from Children's Centre staff may be available by telephone only.
Bereavement Up to 30 people can now attend funerals at Redditch Crematorium, which is is closed to the public except for funerals and burials.
Lifeline Extra safety measures are in place as we remain staffed and ready to assist 24/7.
Building Decisions on whether to carry out visits under Building Control inspection arrangements are being made on a case by case basis.
Planning

Planning Committee is taking place using a virtual format and will be viewable via a live stream.

Planning

Temporary arrangements are in place for some of our Planning services, including the householder planning service, paper submissions, site visits, and requests for the relaxation of conditions limiting hours of work on construction sites.

Leisure Advice on using allotments at this time has been issued.
Leisure Sanders Park bowls season tickets are unavailable.
Leisure Sports and activity sessions delivered directly by our teams are suspended.

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Up to date wider information

LOCAL: Worcestershire County Council - Coronavirus LOCAL: Bromsgrove Partnership information
NATIONAL: UK Government response to Coronavirus LOCAL: The Bromsgrove Hotel

Car sharing

The Department for Transport (DfT) is encouraging people to plan their journey if it requires them to share a car with another household. They are asked that they follow government guidance to help them keep safe. The advice for the public is to:

  • try not to share a vehicle with those outside their household or support bubble
  • if this is not possible, share the transport with the same people each time
  • open the windows for ventilation
  • wear a face covering for the duration of the journey
  • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle – e.g. leave seats some free.
  • clean their car between journeys including door handles and other areas that people may touch

More information can be found here

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