Residents who are set to enjoy the UEFA European Championship starting this weekend, are being urged to continue to carry out lateral flow tests and stay Covid-safe. The football tournament starts on Friday (11 June), with England playing their first game against Croatia at 2pm on Sunday (13 June), in what is expected to be another warm and sunny day.
Stoke-on-Trent's Covid infection rate has increased slightly this week, but case numbers remain well below those seen in Leek Council chiefs hope high levels of testing and vaccination will help prevent a Delta variant Covid outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent. The city has seen a small increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.
Households are being reminded to continue with their regular coronavirus testing as half-term draws to a close this week. Stoke-on-Trent City Council is asking residents to take advantage of the many ways to get tested, as households across the city have been enjoying the sunny weather to spend time with friends and relatives, and plan day trips and holidays.
The latest in a series of initiatives to support residents through the impact of the coronavirus sees more than 15,000 food vouchers available to families for May half-term. Stoke-on-Trent City Council is using money from the government’s Covid Local Support Grant to provide around 15,462 food vouchers to households across the city.
30,000 Covid tests are now being carried out in the city More pop-up testing sites are to open in Stoke-on-Trent next week to help target shoppers and families enjoying the half-term school holidays. It comes as new figures show 30,000 Covid tests are now being carried out across the city every week.
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The city council has been awarded the cash through the government's Rough Sleeping Initiative. Stoke-on-Trent has been allocated £1.3 million of rough sleeper funding from the government. The Rough Sleeping Initative cash will pay for a range of services aimed at getting homeless people off the street and into sustainable long-term accommodation.
But the public protection officers from Stoke-on-Trent City Council found that most premises were Covid-compliant Council officials carried out spot checks at more than 100 Stoke-on-Trent business as lockdown restrictions were eased – but most were following the rules. Public protection teams from Stoke-on-Trent City Council visited 110 premises on Monday, as pubs, cafes and restaurants were allowed to serve seated indoor customers for the first time since before the latest lockdown.
Indian variant spread in other areas has seen government warn restrictions not off the table Stoke-on-Trent residents are being urged to show 'caution' – to ensure the Indian variant of Covid-19 does not mean a return to local lockdown in the city. Ten cases of coronavirus involving variants first identified in India have been recorded in Staffordshire so far, but none have been seen in the city yet.
Residents in Cobridge have taken part in craft classes, outdoor activities and planting as part of a week of action that has also seen council and police teams tackle anti-social behaviour. Stoke-on-Trent City Council worked with Staffordshire Police and community group The Portland Inn Project to support activities in the area.
Huge increase in people in city centre as restrictions came to an end Stoke-on-Trent city centre saw a four-fold increase in visitors following the easing of lockdown restrictions, footfall figures show.Up to 24,592 people descended on Hanley on April 12 – the day non-essential retail was allowed to reopen – compared to 6,406 on the previous Monday.
Jack Brereton said Stoke-on-Trent had already done 'far more than most' areas in accepting dispersed asylum seekers A Stoke-on-Trent MP has accused politicians of 'grandstanding' on the issue of asylum – instead of offering to accommodate refugees.Jack Brereton called on other areas of the country to 'do their bit' in accepting dispersed asylum seekers, saying Stoke-on-Trent had already done 'far more than most'.
Public protection teams and police officers carried out visits to venues across Stoke-on-Trent over the weekend Council and police officers say they will be 'keeping a close eye' on a small number of pubs due to social distancing concerns.Public protection teams from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and officers from Staffordshire Police visited a number of venues over the weekend, following the easing of lockdown restrictions on April 12.
Eight private hire firms have already committed to regular testing Stoke-on-Trent's taxi drivers are being urged to get twice-weekly rapid coronavirus tests. Eight private hire firms have already backed Stoke-on-Trent City Council's plea for drivers to have two lateral flow tests each week. The tests can give a positive or negative reading in around 30 minutes. Now the city council is turning its attention to the Hackney Carriages as it tries to stamp the virus out of the area. As a thank you for undertaking
More checks will be carried out in the coming days Council teams carried out checks at nearly 100 re-opening businesses following the easing of lockdown restrictions – but no enforcement action was carried out despite some barbers flouting face mask rules.Twelve public protection officers from Stoke-on-Trent City Council spent Monday visiting shopping areas across the Potteries as non-essential retailers and other businesses welcomed customers for the first time in months.
Issues included displaying QR codes, social distancing and mask wearing Stoke-on-Trent's coronavirus enforcers gave advice to 25 businesses on the day non-essential retailers were finally allowed to reopen as lockdown restrictions eased.Stoke-on-Trent City Council revealed its public protection team visited 95 business in the city centre and the surrounding towns to check they were complying with the coronavirus guidelines.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council's public protection team will visit 60 reopening businesses on Monday 'Covid cops' will patrol shopping areas across Stoke-on-Trent as businesses reopen with the easing of lockdown rules.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has joined six other West Midlands authorities in withdrawing from the government's asylum dispersal scheme The leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has told Priti Patel her authority will no longer take part in the government's 'unsustainable' asylum seeker dispersal scheme.
Staffordshire Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are urging residents to stick to the rule of six People looking forward to a Bank Holiday Easter weekend are being urged to 'stay local'.
And here's how to check if you're eligible Thousands of low-income families are set a receive a food voucher over the Easter school break.If your child is eligible for free school meals in the city, the school will provide the £30 e-voucher.