How do the tiered restrictions affect council services?

Braunstone Town and the rest of England is currently under a National Lockdown 

Covid-19 National lockdown: Impact upon Town Council Services

Parks, Open Spaces & Playgrounds

Our parks, open spaces and playgrounds remain open for residents to use to exercise once a day.  Residents can exercise:

  • by themselves,
  • with the people they live with,
  • with their support bubble (if legally permitted to form one),
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare, or
  • when on their own, with 1 person from another household (staying 2 metres apart).

The following Parks & Open Spaces Services will be closed from Wednesday 6th January for the duration of the  restrictions:

  • sports courts, including tennis courts and multi-use games areas;
  • sports pitches, including football pitches and the bowling green*;
  • sports changing facilities and toilets; and
  • parks gym equipment.

* organised outdoor sport for disabled people is permitted; however, there are currently no users in this category.

People should not travel outside their local area, therefore, most users of our parks should be residents for their daily exercise.   Use for exercise does not permit for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).   Users must continue to keep 2 metres apart from anyone not in their household, which includes in the play areas.

Community Centres & Library

The following Services remain closed:

  • Community Centres (except for specific permitted activities set out below)
  • Library (except for the call & collect service)
  • Civic Community Lounge
  • Face to Face Enquires at Reception (Customer Services is available by telephone & email).

The following services continue to operate from Braunstone Civic Centre:

  •  Community Foodbank; and
  • existing Support Groups with up to 15 participants formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.

The following services continue to operate from Thorpe Astley Community Centre:

  • Early Years Child Provision - Pop Up Care; and
  • Primary Care Services – Kingsway Branch Surgery.

If required, both Centres will be made available for:

  • hosting blood donation sessions; and
  • hosting NHS and medical services.

 

 

Covid-19 Community Response

Clinically extremely vulnerable people have once again been advised to Shield.   Preparations are being made to ensure that the Council effectively provides coordination, administration and support to the Town’s Covid-19 Community Response initiative should there be any increase in demand.

Those wishing to volunteer to help and those needing help can find out more information and register on the Town Council’s website: https://www.braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk/index.php/community-response

or contact Customer Services on 0116 289 0045 (Tuesday – Friday 9.30 – 2.30, answerphone available at other times) or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID 19 Tier Posters 16 December 2020 04

Tier 1 Restrictions

Under a tier 1 "medium alert" (the lowest tier) alert, the following restrictions are put into place.

Overall restrictions

  • socialising limited to groups of 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies),
  • venues can operate, in a COVID-secure manner,
  • pubs/bars ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 11pm and 5am and stop taking orders at 10pm.
  • childcare and nurseries remain open
  • places of worship remain open
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors, subject to rule of 6 unless under 18 or for those with disabilities
  • places of worship remain open

Effect on Town Council services

Services Open:
  • Customer Services / Civic Centre Reception
  • Library
  • Pop Up Care and Kingsway Surgery at Thorpe Astley
  • Civic Community Lounge open until 10pm
  • Members of the public can attend Council / Committee meetings
Permitted Facilities Hires:
  • training, meetings and seminars hosted by a business/employer/organisation
  • provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • Wedding Receptions and Funeral Wakes limited to 15 and must be seated
  • registered childcare, education or training
  • supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and playgroups
  • Community Groups / Individual hires limited to 6 people
  • Private Hires allowed up to 6 people.
  • Exercise classes, organised sport and physical activity/training for under-18s
  • organised team sports for disabled people,
  • exercise classes and organised sport for adults can take place outdoors, or indoors subject to rule of 6
  • support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or support
  • acts of worship
Services Closed:
  • No hires for public events, i.e. where attendance is open to the public.

Tier 2 Restrictions

Under a tier 2 high alert, the following restrictions are put into place.

Overall restrictions

On top of restrictions in alert level 1 - medium:
  • not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner
  • pubs/bars must close unless operating as a restaurant. Alcohol can only be served with meals
  • childcare and nurseries remain open
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. Permitted indoors for youth or disability sport
  • places of worship remain open

Effect on Town Council services

Services Open:
  • Customer Services / Civic Centre Reception
  • Library
  • Pop Up Care and Kingsway Surgery at Thorpe Astley,
  • Members of the public can attend Council / Committee meetings
Facilities Hires restricted to:
  • Counselling, Citizens Advice and essential services, e.g. NHS Blood Donors able to operate.
  • support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support
  • training, meetings and seminars hosted by a business/employer/organisation
  • provision of voluntary or charitable services, e.g. foodbank
  • Wedding Receptions and Funeral Wakes limited to 15 and must be seated
  • registered childcare, education or training
  • supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and playgroups,
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors, subject to rule of 6
  • exercise classes, organised sport and physical activity/training for under-18s,
  • organised team sports for disabled people,
  • support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or support
  • acts of worship
Services Closed:
  • Civic Community Lounge
  • No hires for public events, i.e. where attendance is open to the public.

Tier 3 Restrictions

Under a tier 3 very high alert, the following restrictions are put into place.

Overall restrictions

On top of restrictions in alert level 1 and 2:
  • do not socialise with anybody you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting
  • pubs and bars must close
  • childcare and nurseries remain open
  • places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees. However, wedding receptions are not allowed
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors for youth or disability sport
  • closing indoor entertainment venues and tourist attractions

Effect on Town Council services

Services Open:
  • Essential services: Pop Up Care, Kingsway Surgery, Foodbank and NHS Blood Donors able to operate
  • Civic Centre hires for support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or support
  • Customer Services available by phone, email and web enquiries (Receptions at Facilities closed to the public)
  • Library providing a ring and collect service for Library books.
Members of the public could only attend Council and Committee meetings by telephone or video link via Zoom.
Councillors would be able to attend the meeting at the Civic Centre for a specific reason or if they couldn’t attend via Zoom
    Services Closed:
    • Library (except for ring & collect)
    • Civic Centre (except for essential services such as the Foodbank and Blood Donors and support groups)
    • Civic Community Lounge
    • Thorpe Astley Community Centre (except for Pop up Care and Kingsway Surgery)
     

    Tier 4 Restrictions: STAY AT HOME

    Under a tier 4 alert, the following restrictions are put into place.

    Overall restrictions

    On top of restrictions in alert levels 1 to 3, this means:

    • People should not enter or leave Tier 4 areas, and Tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home.
    • Where people cannot work from home, they should still travel to work, for example in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
    • Non-essential retail, indoor leisure [such as swimming pools and gyms], indoor entertainment [such as cinemas, bowling alleys and casinos], and personal care sectors [such as nail bars, barbers and hairdressers] must all close.
    • Tighter social contact restrictions, meaning one person can meet with one other person in an outside public space. Rules on support bubbles and childcare bubbles will remain.
    • Communal worship can continue to take place.
    • Clinically extremely vulnerable, which includes people with certain types of cancer, people on immunosuppression therapy, and people with severe respiratory conditions, shouldn’t go to work and should limit time outside the home, and take exercise outside at less busy times.
    • In Tier 4 the message is ‘Stay At Home’ message which has been put in law. As previously, there are exemptions - including travelling for work or education, for childcare purposes, and for exercise.

    Services Open:

    • Essential services: Pop Up Care, Kingsway Surgery, Foodbank and NHS Blood Donors able to operate;
    • Civic Centre hires for existing support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or support;
    • Customer Services available by phone, email and web enquiries (Receptions at Facilities closed to the public); and
    • Library providing a ring and collect service for Library books.
    • Parks and Open Spaces, Playgrounds, Outdoor Gym Equipment and Sports Courts remain open for casual use (Rule of Six no longer applies with restrictions on outdoor gatherings).
    • Organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people (all casual sport and organised non-disabled adult sport on Sports pitches is not permitted).

    SERVICES CLOSED:

    • All services listed as closed at Tier 3 (above)
    • Sports pitches and facilities for organised non-disabled adult sport