Leisure centres and Droitwich Lido to reopen

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Leisure centres and Lido to reopen

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Plans are being made to reopen Droitwich Lido from 1 August 2020, following the announcement by the Government that gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools could reopen again this month.

The pool will open for a six week period up to 13 September, but with a reduced number of swimmers at any one time. Sessions will be limited to two hours.

Other Covid-19 secure measures will be in place including enhanced cleaning and online booking and payment systems.

As the Lido won't be allowed to have as many people on site as it usually would, income will be reduced. Wychavon's Executive Board has agreed a £55,000 funding boost to help the Lido through the Covid-19 outbreak. Hopefully, the pool will be able to reopen as usual in 2021.

We will provide you with more information when we have it and updates will also be available on the Droitwich Lido website.

Leisure centres in Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich will reopen on 25 July.


More changes to lockdown restrictions

The Government has announced further changes to the lockdown restrictions.

From 11 July:

  • you can participate in team and other grassroots sports where the governing body has issued guidance on how to do so safely
  • outdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks can open
  • outdoor performances in front of a live audience and indoor rehearsals can take place in COVID-19 secure venues. Indoor rehearsals and indoor performances for broadcast should only happen where no audience is present
  • smaller-scale indoor performances can be piloted in COVID-19 secure venues once approved by the Government

From 13 July:

  • close contact services, such as nail bars, salons, tanning booths, spas, massage parlours, tattoo parlours and body piercing studios, can open. Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients, in line with government guidance.

From 25 July:

  • sports facilities and venues, including such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, will open – subject to evidence closer to the time

Read the Government's Coronavirus outbreak FAQs to find out what you can and cannot do.

These changes apply to England. The rules may be different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you are visiting those countries, please check before you travel. 

Changes were also made on 6 July for those who are shielded with further changes planned from 1 August. Read more about changes for those who are shielded.


Reopening of our services

We continue to reopen our services as lockdown changes are introduced. 

Play areas we are responsible for are now open. Crown Meadow Play area will be closed until at least 20 July, as it is being refurbished following damage caused by flooding.

Most of our public toilets are already open. The public toilet by Broadway Activity Park will open tomorrow (Saturday).

Our Customer Contact Centres remain closed but if you urgently need to speak to us face-to-face, then appointments are now available at the Civic Centre in Pershore. You can still contact us by phone or email.

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.


Enjoy free parking and support our traders

welcome back

 

Local traders need your support. 

Businesses have put a huge amount of effort into making sure they are Covid-19 secure so they can serve you safely. 

We are keeping parking free in all of Wychavon's car parks until 3 August as part of a raft of measures to support the reopening of high streets across the district. Read the full announcement.

We have produced a list of open shops on our tourism website. We are making every effort to keep this list up-to-date. If you are looking for a particular business and it's not on the list, then please check their website or contact them just in case we are not aware they have opened.

If you can, please shop local and help our traders through this challenging time.


Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The Government is introducing the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to encourage us to return to eating out.

This will entitle every diner to a 50% discount of up to £10 per person on their meal, at any participating restaurant, café, pub or other eligible food service establishment.

The discount can be used unlimited times and will be valid Monday to Wednesday on any eat-in meal (including on non-alcoholic drinks) for the entire month of August 2020 across the UK

Businesses have to register to be able to offer the discount and can do so from Monday, 13 July. 

If you run a restaurant, café, pub or other eligible food service establishment then find out more about the scheme and how to register.


Travelling abroad 

The Government is still advising against all but essential foreign travel.

However, some countries are exempt from that advice, as they have been assessed as no longer posing an unacceptably high risk to people travelling to them. 

Read the full list of exempt countries 

If you are thinking about travelling abroad make sure you:

  • read the coronavirus travel guidance to make sure you are prepared for your travel
  • read the Travel Advice for your destination, for information on current entry requirements and any local coronavirus measures that you will need to follow

Remember no travel is risk free. Alternatively, stay here and explore parts of the country you may have never seen before.

 


Apply for a Census 2021 temporary job

Census 2021

 

Temporary jobs are available to make Census 2021 a success.

The census is a survey about all of us and will create a picture of communities. This helps the Government and other authorities to plan and fund public services.

Nothing else gives so much detail about the society in which we live, helping to make decisions with the potential to transform lives for the better.

Whether you’re saving up for something or you want to make a real difference to your community, there’s a job for you.

Visit Census Jobs 2021 to find out more and apply. Deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.


MOT changes

The Government has made changes to the MOT testing rules as lockdown restrictions are now being eased.

If your MOT certificate expires on or after 1 August 2020 it will not be extended and you must book an MOT as usual. 

Your MOT certificate will be extended by six months if it expires on or after 30 March 2020 and up to and including 31 July 2020, and your vehicle is a:

You must still make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. 

Read more about MOT changes.


Financial support for you

Advice and support if you have lost your job

Help paying your Council Tax

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, then check if you can apply for Council Tax Support

If you do not qualify for Council Tax Support please get in touch with our team and they will see if there is another way they can help you.

Email Revenues@southworcestershirerevenues.gov.uk to discuss your situation.

Ban on evictions extended

The Government has extended the ban on landlords being able to evict people renting their home until 23 August. Read the full announcement.

Citizens' Advice is open for business

Citizens’ Advice South Worcestershire also remains open to support you if you need it. They offer one-to-one advice by highly trained volunteers, now working from home. Many are specialists in their fields such as housing, employment and debt.

You can contact their Wychavon branch in Evesham on 01386 712 100, choosing Option 1 or email admin.wychavon@citizensadvicesw.org.uk

Option 2 is dedicated to the Universal Credit Support Service.

The service is also part of the national Advice Line telephone service, open to the public Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm on 03444 111 303.

Money management help

If you would like help to make the most of your money then the two online budgeting toolkits below may be useful.

Money Saving Expert Budget Planning Guide

Money Advice Service Budget Planner

If you need help with debt management or restructuring your finances then contact the CAB using the details above or you can get free help from The Money Advice Service.

Help paying your utility bills

If you need help paying your water bill then please visit Severn Trent’s bill help payment page.

If you need help paying your gas or electric bill then read Ofgem’s advice about the support on offer.


Help for your mental health

Although life is edging back to normal, there is still a lot that is uncertain and it’s okay to feel anxious or worried.

Get help and advice from NHS Every Mind Matters

Take the Every Mind Matters Quiz and get a support plan tailored to you


Covid-19 Memory Bank Project

The Covid-19 outbreak is undoubtedly a significant moment in human history. We are keen to capture information about what happened locally to inform future generations. That is why we have launched the Covid-19 Memory Bank.

You are encouraged to send in messages of goodwill you have received from neighbours, rainbow pictures you have drawn in support of key workers, messages of thanks you have left for key workers or received, diary entries you may have made during lockdown, video blogs, photographs, video footage, poems, songs or artwork.

The subject can be anything from how you felt during this time to the way the community pulled together, the weekly clap for our carers event, response of key workers on the frontline and the challenges or joys of home schooling.

If you have lost a loved one to this virus, you are also invited to submit a photograph and/or tribute to them.

The information received will be used in a future art project or exhibition and then handed over to the archive at The Hive or locally for preservation.

You can find out more about the project and upload any contributions you may have at www.wychavon.gov.uk/memorybank


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