Don’t go nuts ahead of the lockdown

Please don’t go nuts tonight or tomorrow night, COVID is tough enough to crack as it is - that’s the message from Council leader Tudor Evans

With a national lockdown due on Thursday, the Council and its partners are appealing to those tempted to have a last hurrah to stay at home.

He said: “The lockdown is not about spoiling your social life, it is about reducing the infection rate of a virus which has had a devastating impact on families up and down the country.

Plans in place for a safe Remembrance Sunday in Plymouth

Plymouth’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations will look slightly different this year, as the city adapts to ensure that everyone is able to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

There will not be a public Remembrance Service on Plymouth Hoe this year. The service usually attracts thousands of attendees so it would not be possible to maintain social distancing and would put vulnerable people, including veterans, at risk.

Remember, remember – safety first this November

People in Plymouth are being urged to make safety a priority this Bonfire Night.

Plymouth’s public event on the Hoe, which usually sees thousands of visitors gather to enjoy the bonfire and firework display has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

With organised Bonfire Night displays unable to go ahead, the message from Plymouth City Council, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Devon and Cornwall Police is clear: put safety first this year.

Plymouth businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Plymouth businesses are being urged to download QR code posters that work with the new NHS Test and Trace app in time to meet new Government regulations.

Businesses and venues have to display a unique QR code from Thursday (24 September) when the new app will be launched.

The posters make it easier for firms to meet their legal duty to collect contact details of people using their premises so they can be contacted in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.

Temporary cycle path is created through Plymouth city centre

A temporary cycle path through Armada Way has been created.

The new link between North Cross and Royal Parade separates cyclists and pedestrians using bollards and water-filled barriers and leads to new cycle parking outside Plymouth Guildhall.

It's one of the measures being delivered through our recent successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.

The path will help promote cycling as a replacement for journeys made by public transport while capacity on buses remains reduced and is expected to be in place for up to 12 months.

Government urged to sort shambolic booking system urgently

Plymouth Council leader Tudor Evans has called for the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to sort out the ‘shambolic’ booking system which is preventing people from being tested for COVID-19.

Following last week’s warning about the increase in the number of positive cases in Plymouth, it is even more important that people with symptoms should be able to easily book a test.