COVID-19 (coronavirus) weekly update from Birmingham City Council

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council.

The update lets you know about Birmingham City Council’s services, public health information, general advice on Covid-19, and other relevant news from the council and our partners so that we can keep you informed. If you have friends and family who are not online, please share the information in this bulletin with them.

You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.

Have you heard our new podcast? Listen to the first episode of Let’s Be Together. The council’s leader Cllr Ian Ward and our Director of Public Health Dr Justin Varney discuss coronavirus lockdown in Birmingham. The podcast is available on Apple and Spotify.

We know it has been a difficult time for everyone, but please help Birmingham City Council by sharing how you’ve been impacted by Covid-19. Complete the survey to help refine Birmingham’s recovery response, proposals, and priorities.

Have you been inspired by the everyday heroes of this difficult period to take up a career in social care? You can find out how to register for the West Midlands Employers Social Care Talent Bank to be considered for roles in the city and across the region. People with a range of different skills are needed for now and the future.

The value and importance of our parks and open spaces has been heightened during the coronavirus pandemic. Birmingham is part of a national Future Parks Accelerator programme which is looking to promote and share the value of green spaces across local communities. A virtual community conversation has been launched, and you are invited to take part.

Thousands of households across the city will benefit from further support with Council Tax payments through the Council Tax Hardship Fund. If you are eligible, you do not need to do anything as it is automatically applied.

The council is making significant progress processing grants for struggling businesses. Thousands of businesses who risk missing out on cash grants are being tracked down by the council as the total number of payments made to date increases to almost £161.5 million.

Grant funding is available to support businesses who cannot operate as normal in the current circumstances. You don’t need to apply, but you do need to make sure we have your most up to date business details.

From Monday 1 June, temporary footway widening will be introduced along Ladypool Road in Sparkbrook, Birmingham to help with social distancing.

As more people in the West Midlands start to return to work, in line with government guidance, here’s some advice from National Express West Midlands on staying safe when travelling.

Join Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park for another ‘virtual’ tour of the park with the Meerkats and Porcupines, seeing what the other animals are up to and answering any questions!

Visiting one of Birmingham’s parks or open spaces this weekend? Please continue to observe guidelines on social distancing and remember barbecues and fires are not permitted in our outdoor spaces. You should also follow these water safety rules.