First cases of Omicron variant confirmed in Plymouth

Residents are again being urged to follow all COVID-19 precautions extra carefully following confirmation of a small number of cases of the Omicron variant in Plymouth.

The confirmed cases are isolating at home and all close contacts have been identified. As this is the new omicron variant, the close contacts have to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status, to try to reduce the spread.

Ground-breaking partnership to provide Covid-19 support for Plymouth businesses and residents

Plymouth City Council is part of an ambitious cross-border project that will deliver a unique package of Covid-19 recovery support for local businesses and people.

The C-CARE (Covid Channel Area Response Exchange) initiative, funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, is set to reach businesses and people that have been hit hardest in the pandemic.

Drawing on a range of expertise from local government, enterprise and tourism in the UK and France, the project will support people at risk of exclusion from the labour market and businesses at risk of closure.

Walk-in vaccination sessions this week

Vaccination sessions available

Walk-in vaccination sessions are available in Plymouth for all doses of the vaccine (first, second, third primary and booster).

There is limited ability to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine due to the size of the outreach clinics. Any clinics that are administering Astrazeneca are highlighted but will ONLY administer this as a second dose if Astrazeneca was given as your first dose.

COVID-19 testing site road trip

We’re taking our mobile testing site on a mini road trip to hand out free COVID-19 testing kits.

From this week our team will be in some of the busier parts of the city to make it as easy as possible for people to pick up a kit and to get a test so folk can get a flavour for how it works.

On Sundays the mobile testing site will be on the Hoe Promenade (on the path near Smeaton’s Tower) between 10am to 3pm.

Other dates and locations are: 

•           Monday – Plympton, Mudge Way North car park

•           Tuesday – Devonport, Granby Way.

Resurgam Charter launches to help Plymouth build back better

Plymouth City Council has launched the Resurgam Charter, a commitment from Plymouth’s businesses to create a fairer and greener city as we recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

With a growing population of 263,000 people in the city, and a pre-Covid economic output of £5.2 billion, Plymouth is the most significant urban area on the South West peninsula. As part of the council’s economic recovery plan the city has set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent and maximise local spending to create a lasting legacy for Plymouth and its community.

Nearly £75 million of grants paid to support Plymouth businesses

Plymouth City Council has distributed nearly £75 million in grants to support local businesses through coronavirus restrictions since April 2020, but many businesses still haven’t claimed the financial support they’re entitled to.

Thousands of Plymouth businesses have been supported by the Government’s grant schemes, including the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

Plymouth Life Centre reopening timeline - subject to national timings

As part of the conditional national reopening of the leisure sector, the gym and new changing rooms at Plymouth Life Centre be available from 12 April, with the 50 metre pool and leisure pool opening at the end of April.

Other facilities and activities will also begin to reopen in accordance with the Government’s roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions.

Contractors Balfour Beatty, Arcadis and our operational partners Everyone Active are working flat out to finish the work programme which started last August and the finishing line is in sight.