Dear resident,

We hope that you’re staying safe and keeping well.

On Sunday the government made the announcement they would begin easing lockdown restrictions.

Our priority continues to be the safety of our residents and workers, which is why we are asking people to continue to stay at home as much as possible, and follow guidance on social distancing if you do need to go out.

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Can I return to work?

For people who work in construction, manufacturing and other areas where working from home isn’t possible, the government have advised that you can return to work, but only if it’s safe to do so.

Your employer must make sure that the workplace is safe to return to by following the new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines.

Other factors, such as living with someone who is shielding or having symptoms of coronavirus may impact your ability to go to work. Information on what to do in these circumstances is available here.

How can I travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak?

Government guidance is that you should walk or bike, or travel by car if you can’t. But if you have to travel by public transport, operators are working to make your journey as safe as possible.  

In Leeds they have introduced new measures to help prevent the spread of the virus, including: regular deep cleaning of services and stations; procedures to make sure passengers can maintain social distancing when travelling; and protective equipment for drivers. 

Information on how you can travel safely can be found here

What’s happening in Leeds City Council parks?

We have put in place some changes to our parks in response to the latest guidance.

Our park car parks have reopened but playgrounds in parks will still remain closed for now, as will toilet facilities and outdoor gym equipment.

You can find out more here.

Be vigilant against scammers

We have been made aware of a number of scams circulating at the moment which look to be coming from gov.uk. We’re asking people to remain vigilant and report any concerns here.

Mental Health Awareness Week May 18-24

This year’s mental health awareness week focuses on “Kindness.” The Mental Health Foundation has produced some ways you can actively spread kindness. Here in Leeds we’ve themed some ideas around the 5 ways to wellbeing and also want to stress the importance of being kind to yourself.

Visit our Leeds-based websites MindWell and MindMay8 to see their local Kindness campaigns.

And finally…

Could you enrich the lives of children in Leeds?

We are urgently looking for foster carers in Leeds. By fostering with Leeds City Council, new carers would join one of the UK’s largest and most well-established fostering networks.

Those interested in finding out more about fostering can register their interest online by visiting our foster4leeds website or by contacting 0113 378 3538 for advice and an information pack.

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