District Dispatch – 04 November 2021: Chichester District Council
As a council, we will once again be running our festive Support Local campaign from mid-November, which will also include a range of parking incentives to support local businesses. These include selecting two hours and getting a third free in most council-owned car parks across the district in December when using the MiPermit app; free parking every weekend in December in the Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester; and free parking after 4pm in the Avenue de Chartres car park for the Christmas light switch on and late night shopping events in Chichester. We’ll be releasing more details about our campaign over the coming days.
You may be interested to hear that a new quality street market featuring local designers and producers will be coming to Chichester city centre this Sunday 7 November. The Cross Market & More has been organised by our events team following an increased demand for more varied types of markets across the district. The market will feature a series of different zones plus food stalls and children’s entertainment. We’ve also teamed up with Chichester College to give their design students an outlet for their products.
No doubt you will have seen in the national news recently that concerns have been expressed about the increase in Covid infections. As a council, we are paying close attention to this and continuing to encourage people to follow the latest official guidance. If the situation changes, we will of course keep you updated through our website, social media channels and you can sign up to our regular email newsletter.
With all this in mind, I wanted to encourage people who are eligible for their booster jab to have it if they haven’t done so already. If you are a parent of children aged 12 and over, then I would also urge you to ensure that they have their jab too as it is the best form of defence this winter.
The Government’s advice on when to self-isolate has changed. You should self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these three symptoms of Covid-19, even if they are mild: a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You should also self-isolate straight away if you’ve tested positive for Covid-19; someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate); or, you’ve been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive. If you do need to self-isolate you should do this for ten days.
If someone you live with has symptoms of Covid-19, or has tested positive for Covid-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply: you’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine has been given by the NHS; you’re under 18 years, 6 months old; you’re taking part or have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial; or you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons. Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still get a PCR test to check if you have Covid-19; follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus; and consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from Covid-19. If your PCR test comes back negative, it’s also advised that you continue to use
Lateral Flow Tests
every couple of days which you can order for free from the Government’s website.
In addition, if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, then please do take up the offer so that we can all keep each other as safe as possible this winter.
Cllr Eileen Lintill
Leader of Chichester District Council