Cllr Paul Wray
Hunslet And Riverside Local News and Coronavirus Updates 1/6/20
This is my latest roundup of Coronavirus and local news updates for Hunslet and Riverside residents. There are several links to more detailed information from the Government, Council and others within the post and links to past updates.
Economy & Business Support
Lockdown Measures Relaxed
Test & Trace
Shielding Group Checks
General Guidance Updates
Self Employed and Furlough Scheme Updates
Re-opening of Schools
Mobile Test Units
Re-opening Non-Essential Retail
Leeds Kirkgate Outdoor Market
Facebook Live Events
Police Incident on Greenmount Street
Local Improvements: Your Views
Previous updates can be found here:
Local News Summary
Economy & Business Support:
discretionary business support scheme
is now open for applications. Small and micro businesses and local charities who have not already received Coronavirus grant assistance, who can demonstrate the impact of the pandemic on their business, and who have relatively high ongoing fixed property costs will be eligible. Voluntary sports clubs in Leeds have received nearly £1m of support in the form of £10k and £25k Small Business & Hospitality grants.
Lockdown Measures Relaxed:
The Prime Minister has said that the government’s 5 tests are being met, so the country will move to a
new stage in the lockdown
, with Primary Schools opening to more pupils, Secondary Schools and non-essential retail re-opening from 15 June. People can now
meet up outside
in groups of up to 6, provided social distancing is observed.
Test & Trace:
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a number of guidance documents: an
overview of how it works
; guidance for
employers and workers
; guidance for people told by NHS contact tracers they
need to self-isolate
, and updated guidance for
with a possible or confirmed Coronavirus case.
Shielding Group Checks:
to clinical groups about removing patients from the clinically extremely vulnerable list. This comes after reports of people receiving this message by text before being contacted by their clinician. The letter asks clinicians to discuss with patients whether or not they are still clinically vulnerable and mark the decision on the system. The Government has said there will still be support available via NHS Volunteers and priority supermarket delivery slots.
General Guidance Updates:
Much of the key guidance has been updated, including
Staying safe outside your home
Staying alert and safe
Self Employed and Furlough Scheme Updates:
has made important announcements on the next stage of the
self-employment support and furlough
Re-opening of Schools:
The Councils extensive work with schools and settings continues, with regular communications with headteachers, principals and providers.
Most schools are taking a phased approach to opening, with 65% intending to open at some point this week for some or all eligible year groups, with some opening to one year group. The following week (beginning 8 June), 90% of schools intend to be open to at least one year group, with 47% of those anticipating taking all three eligible years.
The Councils Legal Services have confirmed the decision to open or close a school rests with the Governing Board. Schools have been informed that Chairs of Governors can sign off risk assessments and formally record the decision on behalf of the governing body in the absence of boards being able to meet in person.
Schools have been provided with information about accessing tests and a set of FAQs have been sent to parents/carers.
20 Care Homes currently have Coronavirus outbreaks in Leeds and 75 care homes have been identified for whole home testing. Using the testing portal can take between 2 and 14 days to receive the test kits and then similar time to get results. Personal Protective Equipment remains a challenge, with shortages of gloves and masks, but intensive works continues via mutual aid or new suppliers helping.
Mobile Test Units:
The Ministry of Defence have confirmed these units will be in Morley on Wednesday and Thursday next week, operating through the national system. We’ll provide more information if it becomes available.
: Calls volumes for help declined again this week, averaging 200 a day, with 4254 food parcels delivered last week.
Re-opening Non-Essential Retail:
about the preparations for gradual re-opening of retail and ensuring social distancing can be observed- this one including the signs that are being installed in the city centre.
As we are now in “step 1” of the Government’s road-map out of “lockdown”, the public are leaving their homes more frequently and for more time. Unlimited exercise is permitted and household picnics in parks are allowed. More shops and businesses are open and Ice cream vans can operate.
Therefore, the Council will operate an increased team of litter bin crews citywide that will focus mainly on the known streets/locations where the litter bins are being filled most often, as well as responding as promptly as possible to any reports we get.
The message to the public is please take your litter home with you if at all possible, but we will empty bins as required. Please refer any “hotspot”/problem litter bins to your Cleaner Neighbourhood Team contact for a response.
Leeds Kirkgate Outdoor Market:
The outdoor market will
from Monday 1 June.
Facebook Live Events:
the next set of events are:
Guest Q&A on Climate Change with Cllr Lisa Mulherin
The last Guest Q&A with Hilary Benn MP can be viewed here
Ask Paul Live Weekly Q&A
. The last one can be
Between the 8-14 June I'll be on annual leave and won't be answering any emails, telephone calls or social media messages. If you've any urgent concerna please contact
Cllr Elizabeth Nash
Cllr Mohammed Iqbal
Police Incident on Greenmount Street:
The Police have updated me on a incident which took place. It involved a vehicle followed by a fight where machetes and baseball bats were used. Police CID are investigating and one male has been arrested on suspicion of affray. They believe this was a targeted attack and there is no wider threat to the public.
Local Improvements: Your Views
Regularly I'll be asking what improvements you'd like in the ward post lockdown. I'm currently like your views ares of the ward we can rewild. You can make a comment here or
join the conversation on Facebook.
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