Put your COVID-19 stories in the Memory Box

COVID-19 has had a big impact on our daily lives. The Box wants to capture your memories of coronavirus to create a record for future generations to understand how and why our lives changed in 2020.

It wants to hear the experiences and voices of Plymouth residents and workers of all ages. These could come in may forms, including diary entries, video blogs, videos, poems, songs or creative writing pieces.

COVID-19 update: more than 90 per cent of Council services now available

More than 90 per cent of Council services in Plymouth are now available despite the nationwide disruption caused by COVID-19.

Most services are now operating with measures to ensure the safety of customers and staff and plans are in place for resuming the remainder in line with Government guidance.

While many Council services, such as refuse collections, continued throughout Covid-19, some had to be suspended in line with the Government instructions to stop the virus spreading.

355 businesses and nearly 1,700 jobs saved by extra funding

355 small businesses in Plymouth, including local charities, B&Bs, nurseries and fishers, have been given a much-needed lifeline with funding from the Discretionary Grant Fund.

As part of the Plymouth City Council’s acute response for Resurgam, the city’s economic recovery plan, the grants were all allocated and paid out within a month, with the final payments being made this week. Thanks to the quick work of the Council almost 1,700 jobs have been protected through this grant scheme.

Misleading stories about COVID-19 cases in Plymouth

There are a number of incorrect national media stories suggesting Plymouth is seeing a significant rise in cases of COVID-19 and the city is therefore at risk of having a local lockdown.

Dr Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health for Plymouth, said: “Although we do continue to have cases of coronavirus in Plymouth, we are not currently seeing a significant increase and the numbers are low compared to many other areas.

Plymouth goes large in 2021 with impressive event programme

Plymouth is bouncing back in 2021 with fresh plans for a year of events and activities starting from the exact date the Mayflower ship set sail 400 years ago.

A brilliant line-up including signature Mayflower 400 commemoration and city events will re-energise Plymouth next year.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, major events planned for the city this summer have been cancelled, including the British Firework Championships, the Ocean City Blues ‘n Jazz Festival and Mayflower Week.

An update on our Discretionary Grant Fund scheme

Last week (1 June) we launched our Discretionary Grant Fund scheme for Plymouth. One week on, as expected, we’ve seen high demand.

Plymouth has been given just £2.27million for this scheme, which we believe to be just 50% of what is actually needed to support businesses in our city. This means that we’re following the very strict criteria set out by Government to prioritise applications from the five priority categories, which in Plymouth includes boat based businesses.