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.

Going out this weekend?

People planning to go out this weekend are again being reminded to do the right thing, observe social distance and keep safe.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “Our bars and pubs were brilliant last weekend. They kept a close eye on how people behaved and were incredibly conscious of making sure people observed social distancing. They helped make the police’s job a lot easier. But last weekend cannot be a one-off. This is what going out looks like for the foreseeable future.

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.

Plan launched to protect Plymouth from a Covid-19 outbreak

A plan to reduce cases of coronavirus in Plymouth and protect residents in the event of a local outbreak has been agreed.

The Local Outbreak Management Plan has been put in place as the city takes responsibility for providing a fast response to any future outbreaks of the virus to prevent it spreading.

It sets out how partner organisations including the City Council, NHS, Public Health England and the police will work together to protect residents and support schools, care homes and businesses.

City Council stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Plymouth Theatre Royal

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans OBE says the Council is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Theatre Royal as it fights to keep going due to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 shutdown.

Councillor Evans says the City Council is supporting the theatre however it can and is calling for more Government support for theatres badly affected by COVID-19.

Emergency funding bid to support walking and cycling

We have submitted a £249,000 bid to the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund for a package of measures to support walking and cycling as part of our COVID-19 recovery plans.

If approved, the funding will be used to create a temporary, segregated cycling link through the city centre, from the railway station, through North Cross and Armada Way, to a new pop-up cycle parking facility outside the Guildhall.