Covid Bulletin – Monday 12 April 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Manchester City Council logoCovid Bulletin – Monday 12 April 2021Coronavirus updateChanges to restrictions from Monday 12 AprilFrom today (Monday 12 April) more Covid restrictions have been lifted as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Non-essential retail has opened back up, as well as libraries and gyms, and hospitality venues are now allowed to serve people outdoors. Read the full list of changes. Keep doing your bit for Greater ManchesterKeep doing your bitIt’s great we can start to see our loved ones again, but remember to keep doing your bit so we can all keep each other safe by: Wash your hands regularly Keep your face covered when required Keep your distance  Only meet outside Keep rooms well ventilated  Thank you for your help to keep Manchester safe. New guidance for visiting care homesNew government guidance applies for visiting care from Monday 12 April 2021. It applies to care homes for working age and for older adults. The guidance aims to support safe visiting so people can support their loved ones. Read the full guidance for care home visiting Now we can all get free rapid Covid-19 tests to help protect each other.Rapid Covid-19 testsThe government has announced that everyone in England can access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing, even if they don’t have symptoms. Everyone is being encouraged to take free rapid tests for COVID-19 twice a week, 3 or 4 days apart. 1 in 3 people with coronavirus show no symptoms and are potentially spreading it without knowing. So, regular testing, along with the Covid vaccine is helping to ease restrictions and get life back to normal. Rapid testing using lateral flow devices, involve swabs to the back of the nose and throat and provides a result within 30 mins. Free rapid home testing kits are available from participating pharmacies, libraries and our PCR Covid testing sites in Manchester. Find out more Ramadan MubarakRamadan MubarakWe wish everyone Ramadan Mubarak “Blessed Ramadan”, who is observing Ramadan in our local communities.  Ustadh Nasar Ishfaq, Imam at Manchester’s British Muslim Heritage Centre, encourages people who will be observing Ramadan not to delay having their Covid vaccination and explains that having a Covid test will not invalidate the fast – follow the advice from the Muslim Council of Britain for a safe Ramadan  The British Islamic Medical Association has produced a factsheet with advice on physical health during Ramadan. Do you need help with food, medicines, company, fuel bills or online services? Call the Council on 0800 234 6123The Community Response Hub offers support to Manchester’s most vulnerable people to help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The Hub is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and can help with: Access to food Delivery of medication Combating loneliness Managing fuel top-up payments Getting access to services online Help is also available for other reasons, for example, if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer. If you need help freephone: 0800 234 6123 email: or text: 078600 22876 (messages responded to by the next working day) or visit Support for people Self isolating with COVID-19 Where people have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace and their income has been affected, they could be eligible for a one-off support payment. Find out more. Helping Hands - with Debt, Bills and Borrowing If you are not working or furloughed at the moment due to COVID-19 and need help with debt, bills or borrowing, visit for advice and support. Restart Grant Scheme open to applications The Government’s new Restart Grant Scheme, set up to help businesses prepare for re-opening following the recent national lockdown, is now open for applications from eligible businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors.  Eligible businesses may be entitled to grants of between £2,667 and £18,000.   Businesses will need to make a new application online. Find our more and apply online. Manchester’s libraries reopen their doors    From Monday 12 April, libraries across the city are reopening their doors for browsing once again. So why not visit your local library and find a new favourite book! More information can be found at Manchester is reopening, sign up for updatesWhile we need to be cautious, we are really looking forward to restrictions gradually being lifted and our city starting to open up again.  We’ve created a brand-new email newsletter called Welcome Back Manchester- again, to give you the latest info on what you can get up to in the city as it re-opens.  The regular updates will feature the latest news on businesses reopening, events and what’s on, as well as reminders of what you need to do to keep safe while out and about. Subscribe for free to receive updates on Manchester’s journey out of lockdown:Receive updatesRemember the golden rules👋 Hands
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