BCP Council: Live COVID-19 broadcast on Thursday, 26th November

BCP Council has teamed up with Public Health Dorset and Dorset Council to broadcast together this coming Thursday,  26th November, after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once the current national restrictions end on 2 December.

Join BCP Council for the live broadcast via Microsoft Teams from 7pm. You will need to ensure you have downloaded the free Microsoft Teams app to your device to be able to join the broadcast.

BCP Council would love you to submit a question, but please note this needs to be done in advance using this form

If you are unable to join at 7pm on Thursday, be assured that the briefing will be recorded and available to watch back on BCP Council’s YouTube channel afterwards. Over 2,200 people watched the last COVID-19 broadcast on our YouTube channel following the live session on 29 October.

Cllr Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for Covid resilience and Public Health for BCP Council, Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe and Aidan Dunn, Executive Director for Corporate Development at Dorset Council will be hosting the session. They will outline what the latest restrictions mean for local areas, council services and will answer residents’ questions.

Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, we know that people across the BCP areas will want to understand what the latest rules from Government mean for them and their families. Many people live and work across both council areas, so we wanted to hold a live session as soon as possible to discuss what the next few weeks will look like and hopefully answer some questions that people may have.”

Latest COVID-19 figures for Dorset

Public Health Dorset has published the latest weekly figures for COVID-19 in the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, which show that they have risen COVID-19 cases have risen.

Find out more here

Welfare call if you are told to self-isolate

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace you will receive a welfare call from our ‘Together We Can’ team.

If someone is vulnerable and without a support network of friends and family to help you access food and essential items, help will be offered through our volunteer scheme.

Find out more here.

Protecting people, supporting businesses

Our economic development team and environmental health officers have been assisting local businesses, with advice and support to help them adhere to government COVID-19 guidance, ensuring they re-open, stay open and operate safely and successfully. The majority of businesses have been complying with the guidance. We’ve received a £187,500 government grant to help continue this work so that we can keep local people safe and businesses operating, whilst keeping the infection rate down and avoiding further local restrictions.

We’re working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact local businesses and will soon be carrying out spot checks to make sure they are COVID-secure. If you run a business and our officers make a call, please don’t ignore it.

Find out more here.