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Coronavirus Update Staffordshire

Coronavirus Update 05.06.20

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Second regional testing site opens

The Government has announced a second regional testing site in Staffordshire.

The drive through centre will open at Stafford Education and Enterprise Park, Beaconside, ST18 0BF.

Anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms can book an appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119 to be tested. Residents can also go through national portals to access the full range of testing sites, including mobile sites, home tests etc.

The first regional testing centre opened at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium on Friday 29 May. Regional testing sites can increase capacity from 100 to 1,000 tests per day and are run by the National Testing Programme.

Learn more about Test and Trace

Concessionary bus pass arrangements return to normal

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Arrangements for older people’s concessionary bus pass travel will return to normal from Monday 8 June.

Holders of the older person’s pass will be able to travel free after 9.30am and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

A temporary change was introduced in mid-March to allow pass holders to travel before 9.30am Monday to Friday to visit supermarkets and shops that had introduced reserved shopping for older people.

The Government have announced that if you are travelling on public transport in England, you must wear a face covering from 15 June.

More information

Staffordshire support scheme for county start-ups

A support programme for people with ambitions of starting their own business and whose current employment may be at risk due to the coronavirus crisis has been launched by the county council.

The Staffordshire Start-up Programme aims to build on and complement existing support for new businesses, with a focus on helping them to be robust in overcoming future challenges.

People across the county who have been furloughed, whose job may be at risk, who have already been made redundant or see this period as an opportunity to progress their start-up plans are being urged to get in touch.

It will be delivered by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce on behalf of the county council and provide online sessions offering support and advice on a range of issues.

Follow-up support to access finance and on getting through the critical early stages of business operations will also be available.

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