Covid-19 Update 12 November 2020

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COVID-19 update for all media

12 November 2020

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council communications team will now be providing a twice weekly media update with a round-up of any changes/updates to council services arising from the Coronavirus.

Please note – this information is correct at the time of publishing.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Residents affected by Covid make video appeal to communities – Residents who have been affected by Coronavirus are urging their communities to not treat Covid as a myth, or something to be taken lightly, but a very real disease and threat to life.
In a powerful new video developed by communities working with Peterborough City and Cambridgeshire County Councils – a range of local residents from south Asian communities highlight how COVID has affected them, and ask everyone to play their part and follow the latest guidelines to stop Covid in its tracks so that we can return after lockdown to a life with fewer restrictions that affect our jobs, shopping, seeing loved ones and visiting places of worship.
View the video here
This is the latest in a series of videos created by local communities and the Councils working in partnership. It is part of on-going work to ensure as many people as possible have access to Covid advice in their first language.
The video features members of the local south Asian community who are recovering from the virus or who have had a positive test result and who highlight the importance of reducing our social contact, wearing face coverings where required, keeping our distance, washing our hands regularly and getting tested if we display symptoms.
Mr. Choudhuri, Chairman of the Joint Mosques Council, said: “I urge everyone to watch the video. This is a real glimpse at the lives of a number of people within my community who have been directly affected by Covid – some who have taken months to recover from the illness. COVID is not a myth – I cannot stress that enough. If we all work together and follow the advice we are given we really can stop Covid in its tracks.”
Dr Liz Robin, Director for Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council said “I’d like to thank Peterborough communities, who have done so much already to keep local residents safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our area. New national lockdown restrictions are now in place in response to rising Covid cases, and all communities need to help by reducing social contacts between different households. This video is a great example of how communities can support local authorities and the NHS in this work.
“We all know how difficult this is – but we really need people to reduce to the absolute minimum the people they have contact with now, to keep everyone safe and help us all get back to doing the things we love sooner.”

Grants for businesses of up to £3,000 per month – Peterborough City Council has confirmed that businesses required to close – in Peterborough due to local or national restrictions could be eligible for grants of up to £3,000 a month.

Businesses who can apply for this relief are:

• All non-essential retail – including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
• Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities – such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks
• Entertainment venues – such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens
• Personal care facilities – such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Grants will be awarded as follows:
• Properties with a rateable value of £15k or under – Grants to be £1,334 per month.
• Properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k – Grants to be £2,000 per month.
• Properties with a rateable value of £51k or over – Grants to be £3,000 per month.

To qualify for this grant, your business must be in the Peterborough City Council area and has been:
• Open as usual before the national lockdown restrictions.
• Primarily providing ‘in person’ services to customers from the premises.
• Required to close due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government.
• Registered for business rates for at the premises as at 4 November 2020.

Your business will not be eligible for a grant if:
• It is able to continue to trade because it does not depend on providing direct, in-person services from the premises and can operate its services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants and solicitors are excluded from this grant scheme)
• You have chosen to close but have not been instructed to
• Your business is in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

The application is subject to change if the national guidance, when published, necessitates a revision.

To apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses required to close under the national lockdown, we will ask you to complete an online form, which will be made available on Peterborough City Council’s website in the next few days.
Information on discretionary payment scheme details are set to be announced shortly.
Councillor David Seaton, cabinet member for finance at Peterborough City Council, said: “In the last round in the spring we paid out £32.2 million to 2,654 business properties flagged as qualifying for help by 31 May, one of the highest proportions of any council in England.
“We remain committed to supporting businesses in Peterborough through the worst of the economic crisis caused by Covid-19, with the Government’s help.”

Business grants in Cambridgeshire are handled by Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council and Huntingdonshire District Council and you can see details about this on their websites.

Urgent appeal to encourage more people to consider fostering teenagers – A campaign to urgently boost the number of people fostering to support teenagers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during the on-going coronavirus crisis has been launched.

The number of people who enquired about fostering in September and October has dipped, with the immediate need being for teenagers and brothers & sisters.

The myths surrounding the care of teenagers can often discourage people from fostering when in reality what they need are families who are empathetic, caring, resilient and open minded.

Around 154, 13-18-year-olds across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are in need of caring & supportive families.

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “Caring for teenagers is one of the most rewarding things that you can do. We need people who can open up their homes and give our young people brighter futures. Foster carers make a profound a positive impact on young people lives, which I think is incredible.”

Councillor Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for children’s services added: “Our young people have their own identities and personalities and we need people who can support them through GCSE’s, college or just be a listening ear when they need it most.

“I think there is no greater sense of pride than watching a young person graduate or secure their dream job, knowing that you have helped them on their journey.”

During COVID-19, we are taking all the necessary steps during the fostering process to follow the government advice, for example, we can conduct initial visits virtually and have made arrangements to do so. If your application progresses then we will discuss the next stages with you which will include a face to face visit as part of the assessment process, this will adhere to the social distancing rules at all times.

People who believe they can make a positive difference are encouraged to contact both council’s today. All carers receive training, 24-hour access to support, along with allowances and the assessment process normally takes between 4-6 months. You will need to be over 21 and have a spare bedroom in your home.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council encourage you to find out more about fostering, visit: email or call 0800 052 0078 or text FOSTERING to 60777

Visit email or call 0800 328 8433 or text FOSTERING to 60777

You can keep up-to-date with any changes to our services on our websites:
• Peterborough –

• Cambridgeshire –

Our advice and latest information on Coronavirus can be found on both websites – and

Coronavirus: what you need to do

National restrictions now apply to England:

• You cannot meet socially with anyone indoors unless they’re in your support bubble
• There are changes to how many people you can meet outside
• You must not travel in the UK or overseas, unless for a specific reason
The new measures will apply nationally up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, the government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
• Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
• Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
• Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions.
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