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Coronavirus - Advice and Information
MyWestminster Updates

Friday 25 September 2020

Welcome to the weekly MyWestminster newsletter. You are receiving this as a previous subscriber to our Coronavirus Bulletin for Stakeholders. We have combined our Stakeholder and MyWestminster newsletters and you will now receive this email once a week. If you wish to unsubscribe from this newsletter, please update your preferences here.
Public health updates
STAY SAFE THIS WEEKEND: If you’re out and about enjoying Westminster’s fantastic shopping and food and drink this weekend, remember that there are new COVID-19 restrictions in place:
  • All pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only, except for takeaways
  • All hospitality venues must close at 10pm
  • Anyone in indoor hospitality, except those seated, will need to wear a face covering
Plan your visit and book ahead to avoid disappointment. And don’t forgot the basics – wash your hands, wear a face covering, and make space.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must stay at home and book a coronavirus test through the NHS or by calling NHS 119.
NHS COVID-19 APP: On Thursday 24 September, the free NHS COVID-19 app became available in England and Wales. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts, and QR venue check-in. This is all done entirely anonymously.

Download the app today and don’t forget to check-in when out and about. It’s the simplest way to help protect our community and the ones we love. Find out more information at: www.covid19.nhs.uk/

APP AMBASSADORS AT CHURCH STREET: If you want to know more about the app, a team of ‘app ambassadors’ from the NHS COVID-19 app will be available at Church Street Market this Saturday (25 September). They’ll be on hand to help show you how the app works, help you install it on your phone and answer any questions you may have. The team will be there from 9am to 5pm, just behind the Tesco Metro, near the junction of Penfold Street and Church Street.
Council updates
#INSIDEOUT EVENT DELAYED: From Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 October, Westminster City Council was due to host an outdoor cultural arts programme across the London's West End. This event will now take place next year, Cllr Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council, further explains: “In light of the latest medical guidance and Government announcements earlier this week, we have taken the decision to delay our #InsideOutWestminster festival for a few months.
 
“The good news is #InsideOutWestminster will be back early next year opening with a series of light installations in January that will start the countdown for a weekend of activities in the Spring. We are confident we will be able to put on a programme of innovative open-air art exhibitions and outdoor performances which draws together some of the world’s most famous cultural institutions.
 
“With portraits on the pavements, outdoor opera and the best of the West End - Westminster will be the stage for some truly unique cultural experiences. Our partners are fully on board for next year, and we will be able to  provide further updates soon.”
NEW BUSINESS SURVEY: Please help us understand your business’s perspective by completing our second business survey. The survey will only take ten minutes and is a vital tool in helping us shape our response to the current challenges facing businesses in Westminster.

Be one of the first to share your opinion and complete our survey today.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON BUSKING IN WESTMINSTER:  We're proposing a new policy for busking and street entertainment, and we want to know what you think. The policy aims to support busking while protecting residents and workers from negative impacts, such as excessive noise and overcrowding.
 
Following feedback from residents and businesses in a previous consultation earlier this year, we have updated our proposals to include licensing across a wider area of Westminster.
 
We want to hear what residents, businesses and performers think, to make sure we are striking the right balance. Find out more and have your say by 1 November.
CELEBRATING WESTMINSTER'S LOCAL HEROES: We want to recognise our front-line workers, staff, volunteers, businesses and community organisations that contribute to Westminster’s greatness. As part of Black History Month, throughout October we are looking to profile you or anyone you know who is making a real difference to our communities. You may want to highlight your work, the work of a colleague or an organisation that you work with. All you need to do is:
  • send in a photo or short video (with permission) of the person, businesses or organisation with their/your name and a short sentence about what you/they do to contribute to Westminster’s community
  • feel free to be as creative as possible with your photos and videos
  • send your profile to communications@westminster.gov.uk by Monday 28 September
The photos and videos you send us will feature across the council’s social media channels and in our virtual celebration event at the end of the month. Remember to include your social media handles so that we can tag you in the post.
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