This briefing is to keep you updated on the evolving situation around Coronavirus (now called Covid-19) and the actions being taken in the district.
New guidance has been issued by the government and an update about economic measures has been announced.
The country is effectively on voluntary lockdown.
Support for vulnerable people
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the lead for the area’s Vulnerable People’s Plan. WSCC is creating local hubs for groups through their libraries. Those who want to offer support should email Volunteering@westsussex.gov.uk Another option is to contact Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester www.vaac.org.uk who can provide advice and guidance, and signpost people to volunteers in their area.
While the majority of people genuinely want to help, there are always some who will take advantage of a difficult situation. We want people to be on their guard against those who may offer services around shopping and other support who may not be as genuine as they seem. Our advice would be to only take up offers of help from people you know, or from organisations that you are aware of and ask to check any ID. Please also pass this advice on to others who may be a target for unscrupulous individuals to make sure that we all protect each other during these difficult times.
From a housing perspective, CDC are especially looking at support to rough sleepers and those who find themselves homeless. More information will follow on this shortly and will be available at www.chichester.gov.uk/cornonavirus .
The Government has also announced that it will be creating a hardship fund for those who are struggling financially. CDC are currently waiting for the guidance on this, in the meantime there are a number of schemes to help residents and businesses. You may find the following links helpful:
The Government has announced a package of support for businesses and CDC are waiting for further guidance on how this money will be distributed. They are currently pulling together information, including how businesses can access help. Those businesses that are eligible for business rate relief are being contacted.
• localised community efforts are appreciated, please encourage groups to look at the advice from Public Health England about staying at home (self-isolation) www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance when offering support.