Bristol’s latest response to coronavirus

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has shared his latest updates to the city’s response to the coronavirus.

All non-essential shops, like clothes shops and department stores can open from Monday (15 June) if they meet the Covid-19 secure guidelines to keep staff and customers safe.

Cabot Circus and the Galleries are ready to reopen and Broadmead is undergoing “an enhanced cleanse”.

From this weekend, single adult households – adults living alone or single parents with children under 18 – are allowed to form a “support bubble” with one other household. This is to support the loneliest and most isolated who have been most impacted by restrictions. The free We Are Bristol helpline is available if you need help: 0800 694 0184 3.

From Monday (15 June) places of worship are permitted to open for individual prayer in line with social distancing guidelines.

Communally-led prayer will not be possible at this stage, and places of worship will decide when they consider it safe to open.

Tennis courts at Redcatch and multi-use games areas across the city opened this week. Refreshment outlets are also open, but, under government guidance – play areas and equipment remain closed.

The council is currently risk assessing reopening facilities at Ashton Court and Blaise Estate and is also looking at how it can safely reopen public toilets.

More than three quarters of Bristol primary schools opened to more pupils this week.

Secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges will also provide face-to-face contact for Year 10, Year 12 and equivalent 16-19 further education students from Monday (15 June).

Mr Rees said: “Head teachers and governors are doing their best to keep children safe and will only decide to open to more year groups if it is safe to do so.”

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