See latest “Support for People and Communities” bulletin from the Council.

Dear resident,

We hope you’re safe and keeping well.

This week we are bringing you information on a number of service changes, updated advice for those who are shielding, and details of how we’re keeping the city safe during this next phase of recovery.

Community hubs reopening

We are gradually reopening some of our Community Hubs and Libraries.

The following sites are now open with limited services: Dewsbury Road, Armley, Merrion House, North Seacroft/Deacon House, Compton Centre, Reginald Centre and Headingley. Opening times at all sites will be Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.

Unfortunately all events/bike library/community café/courses/classes/activities remain suspended.

Your safety is our main priority and accessing services may take longer than usual. We ask all visitors to please maintain social distancing, take note of signs and guidance, and to not attend if you or anyone in your household is experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.

Our webpages contain more information about what services are available at our reopened community hubs and reopened libraries.

For ongoing updates about the reopening of our services, please visit our website.

Shielding update

The advice for people who have been shielding changed last Monday (6 July). The new guidance states that you can now safely meet others outdoors in groups of up to six people, whilst strictly maintaining 2m physical distancing.

If you are shielding and live alone or in a single-parent household you can create a mutually exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household. More information on this can be found by visit our shielding webpage.

Anyone advised to shield can access priority supermarket delivery slots when they have registered with the national shielding service.

This priority access will be ongoing throughout the pandemic – but the deadline for registration is 17 July 2020. If you have been advised to shield, make sure you register for support on the government website.

Update on the city centre reopening

To support the retail and hospitality sector, we’re carrying out a range of measures to make the city centre safer and more welcoming.

We‘re widening footways in key locations to enable businesses to have more seating outside and encourage social distancing.

We are also trialling the pedestrianisation of Call Lane from 7pm – 5am every day, which will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

To prevent the spread of the virus, if you are visiting the city centre please remember:

  • As part of the NHS Test and Trace, businesses are being asked to keep a record of their customers and visitors for 21 days. You should assist by providing details when asked to do so.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Regularly wash your hands and wear a face covering if you’re using public transport to come in to the city.
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household experience any symptoms and book in for a test.

Remember that pubs and restaurants will operating differently:

  • Opening times may vary.
  • Be patient. Expect queues, and things to take longer than usual as businesses operate social distancing measures.
  • Most businesses are taking online bookings only or operating on a first come first serve basis.
  • Drink responsibly and ensure your taxi is booked for the way home.

You can find more information on what to expect on our website

Information for employees about self-isolation

The NHS in Leeds and Leeds City Council are working together to get services returning to normal and get the city moving again. During this next phase of the pandemic, it is important that employers are aware of the current guidance on self-isolation and show support and flexibility if employees need to do this.

People must self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • They have been contacted by the Test and Trace.
  • They are due to have an operation or certain tests.
  • Someone in the same household has a planned operation or certain tests.

Employers should consider the best options for employees (such as working from home) so that employees can follow the guidance.

If you need any help during this period you can call the NHS Volunteer Responders helpline on 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm.

End of the school year – and a big thank you

We’re continuing to work closely with head teachers to prepare for local schools to open for all children from September, in line with government guidance. As we have said previously, every school is different, and head teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their school and community. Schools will continue to update parents and carers on plans they are putting in place ready to welcome all children and staff back as safely as possible in the new school year.

School leaders, teachers and support staff have worked incredibly hard throughout this period to ensure pupils have been able to access learning, whether they have been at home or in school. And we recognise how extremely challenging these past few months have been for parents and carers, whether they have had to keep their children at home, or send them to school under very different circumstances while they continue to provide key services to the city. Of course, this has also been a very unsettling and tough time for children and young people themselves, missing out on major milestones and the support network offered by schools, as well as other aspects of their lives.

So as we approach the end of what has been a very different and difficult summer term, we thank everyone in our school communities – especially the children and young people – for the part they have played in helping to keep each other safe.

We will continue to provide support over the school holidays to ensure children, young people and families can enjoy a safe and happy summer. For ideas and advice please continue to use our Child Friendly Leeds Ultimate Guide.