BDC News May 29th 2020

Jun 2, 2020

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Garden waste collection service update 

garden waste

The Garden Waste Collection Service has restarted initially on a four-weekly cycle.

We are encouraging residents to keep their postcard safe if they have received it. 

If they have not received their postcard by Royal Mail by Monday 1st June, residents can email our Customer Service Centre their details as listed below, so we can advise them of their start date and Reference Code so they can look up your future four-weekly cycle dates online at www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus under the ‘Service Changes and Updates, Bins and Recycling’ section.


Our first virtual street market this Saturday

virtual street market

As our way of supporting our local traders and businesses during these difficult times, we have decided to host our very first virtual street market this Saturday 30th May to connect residents and visitors with local businesses and to keep our street market community spirit alive.

We want to recreate a market-like atmosphere, to support our local businesses and makers - an online quarter to promote the best of our traders.

Anyone can join in via our Facebook event page on the day to keep updated with what our traders are up to at the moment, what they’re selling and how they can support them. Some traders will also be offering exclusive discounts especially for this event. 

We're encouraging people to spread the word, take part on the day by posting positive feedback and interacting with our traders, getting friends & family involved and having a bit of fun. 

We would really appreciate your support by sharing on your channels. You can also share our posts on Facebook and Twitter


Our heroes campaign

heroes

Since we launched our heroes campaign, it's received a great response on our social media channels by highlight individuals and groups across our district doing amazing things for others during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Since we launched on 20th April to 4th May 2020, we shared over 40 individual stories, resulting in 24,000 engagements and have been seen by over 279,420 people across our channels.

We are still keen to highlight those doing fantastic things, so if you know of anyone, please do get in touch with us by: 


Re-opening of our town centres

Earlier this week the Prime Minister set out a timeline for retail to reopen in June. Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.

All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.

We are currently working on safety measures to support our town centres for both businesses and shoppers and will share these details with you once they are finalised. 


stay alert

Yesterday the Health & Social Care Secretary announced that the NHS Test and Trace service will launch today (Thursday 28th May). 

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. 

Full details are available here

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