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Get coronavirus advice and information on GOV.UK including:
- what you can and cannot do in tier 3
- when and where you must wear a face covering
- how to get a test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
- social distancing
- guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
- support bubbles
- childcare bubbles
- Christmas rules and restrictions
The NHS website has information about COVID-19 symptoms.
Our Outbreak Management Plan describes what we're doing to identify and contain local outbreaks and protect the public’s health.
On the COVID-19 data: including cases in Bristol and R number for the South West page we publish a bi-weekly report which gives an overview of the latest COVID-19 data for Bristol including:
- the number of COVID-19 cases in Bristol in the past week
- the number of community tests undertaken
- the number of new cases of the virus
- growth rate of infections
- number of registered deaths
- the R (reproduction) number for the South West
Other sources of data include the number of lab-confirmed cases (on Open Data Bristol) and central government COVID-19 data.
You can look up the infection rate for your area by postcode on GOV.UK.
There are restrictions on when and how you can use our reuse and recycling centres
Children can go to school, unless their school or education setting advises them not to. Guidance for parents, guardians and carers of a child in school.
Births, deaths, marriages and citizenship
Citizen Service Point
We're only handling emergency cases at the Citizen Service Point.
Parking for NHS staff and care workers
NHS staff and care workers can park for free in council public car parks, pay and display street parking, and residents' parking zones
Libraries: find out which are open
- Museums are closed: more information on the Bristol Museums website.
- Museum events are cancelled. Find out about online talks and events on the Bristol Museums website.
- The enquiries service at Bristol Archives will continue.
Pest control will only deal with external issues or emergencies.
Sports and outdoors
Local council, Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to take place in May 2020 have been postponed for a year.
Food, medicine or essential tasks
- If you, a family member or a neighbour are self-isolating, or feeling isolated, and need help getting food or medicine or doing other essential tasks:
- Help to get food
Day to day
- Financial help, including help with Council Tax, if you've lost your job or had an income drop because of COVID-19
- The government has set up a Test and Trace Support Payment scheme of £500 to support eligible low paid workers whose earnings are affected by staying at home and isolating for 14 days.
Find help to find work and information about training courses on:
Information and support for businesses, including loans, grants and other support.
Free parking for NHS staff and care workers
NHS staff and care workers can park for free in council car parks, pay and display street parking, and residents' parking zones.
Bristol is in local restriction tier 3: very high alert.
You must follow the government restrictions for tier 3. By working together, we can protect Bristol and each other.
Meeting family and friends
You must not:
- meet other people indoors unless you live with them or are in a support bubble with them, this includes private homes, hospitality venues and places of worship
- meet other people in private gardens or most outdoor public venues unless you live with them or are in a support bubble with them
You can meet other people in some outdoor public places in groups of no more than 6, including children. This includes parks, public gardens, playgrounds and sports facilities. GOV.UK has more detail on where you can and can't meet.
Work and education
You should work from home if you can.
Children can go to school, unless their school or education setting advises them not to.
Try to reduce the number of journeys you make. If you need to use public transport, follow the safer travel guidance (GOV.UK). Avoid travel to other parts of the UK.
COVID marshals are here to help people and businesses:
- stay safe outside their homes
- follow guidance for stopping the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
They work in different parts of the city at different times. They wear high vis jackets and have Bristol City Council badges to identify them.
Their job is to:
- explain the government rules and guidance
- help shops and supermarkets manage queues so everyone can stay a safe distance apart
- remind people to wear a face covering where needed, unless they’re exempt
- make sure businesses are following COVID-secure guidance and advise them when they're not
- give face coverings and hand sanitiser to people who need them
- clean outside surfaces that people touch often, such as the buttons at pedestrian crossings
- work with the police and report COVID-19 rule breaches
COVID marshals can’t give out fines or force a business to close.
Ask us to patrol an area
COVID marshals patrol different reas depending on requirements.
To ask us to patrol an area, or tell us about an issue that needs to be addressed, email: email@example.com.
- Fill in our coronavirus (COVID-19) general enquiries form
- Call 0800 694 0184 (freephone, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm), translation service available
- Deaf BSL users can contact the phoneline through a BSL Interpreter using SignVideo
- Report someone who's not following government social distancing restrictions on the Avon and Somerset Police website
- Tell us about a business that isn't following the government's social distancing regulations or order to close: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 922 2500, or fill in the form on the Avon and Somerset Police website
- Deaf BSL users can contact the phoneline through a BSL Interpreter using SignVideo, (8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays)