Coronavirus update 29 April 2021

A message from Richard Samuel, acting leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council


This week we brought a successful prosecution on a Bath & North East Somerset trader who breached coronavirus regulations.

Nicholas Owen, the proprietor of Solar Tanning of Pithay House, High Street, Paulton, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 by Bath Magistrates.

While I am pleased our Public Protection team brought a successful prosecution, it is reassuring to report the vast majority of B&NES traders have complied with lockdown rules even though that may have been challenging for their businesses. In fact, our officers have found legal compliance to be extremely high in the area and businesses should be congratulated for playing their part in stopping the spread of Covid-19.

Cases in Bath & North East Somerset remain below the national infection rate and are among the lowest in the South West, which is reassuring. In continuing to follow the guidance we can look ahead to the next dates on England's plan to ease restrictions, which are due on 17 May and 21 June.

Looking ahead, we are reminding EU, EEA or Swiss citizens or their family members living in the UK (resident in the UK by 31 December 2020), that time is running out to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. To apply go to

This week we launched a four-week consultation asking for your views on proposals to base residents’ parking permit charges on vehicle emissions and changes to move long-stay visitor parking to off-street car parks.

The council holds its Annual Meeting on Tuesday May 4 at 6.30pm where a new council leader and chair will be elected. The meeting will be on our Youtube channel.

And please be aware that from next Tuesday traffic signals will be in place on Cleveland Bridge from 9.30am – 3pm as work starts to put up scaffolding ahead of the bridge repair works.

Deputy council leader Councillor Richard Samuel is carrying out the council leader's duties in the interim until a new leader is elected at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Annual Meeting on May 4. Councillor Dine Romero announced that she is standing down as leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council and of the council’s Liberal Democrat group.
These are the latest Covid case figures for B&NES – please play your part to drive the number down.

Covid-19 update

Covid-19 vaccination latest 

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk. It's being given to:
  • people aged 42 and over
  • people who will turn 42 before 1 July 2021
  • people at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19

Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

For local information go to the BSW CCG website.

Get into the habit of testing

Have you started free, rapid Covid-19 Testing yet? Residents without Covid-19 symptoms are encouraged to get into the habit of twice-weekly testing, and kits are available right across Bath and North East Somerset.

You can get tested at one of our test sites, or collect a kit and test yourself at home. Kits can be collected from most local pharmacies or from one of our special test centres ‒ there are now more than 40 locations in Bath and North East Somerset where you can collect a kit.

You can also order a test kit for delivery to your home.

Latest council news

Council offers Bath Farmers’ Market temporary home

Bath’s popular weekly Farmers’ Market in Green Park Station is being offered a temporary home by the council following issues with the safety of the station’s glass canopy.

Last chance for Shining Light nominations

It’s your last chance to make your nominations for the Shining Light Awards, which aim to highlight people who have gone above and beyond to volunteer or to support members of their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. The closing date is this Friday, April 30, so get your nominations in now.

Council leads way in sustainable food procurement

A council procurement system for providing sustainable fresh meat, vegetables and fruit to schools has been hailed as best practice by a Commons Select Committee.

Consultation begins on parking changes

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on a series of proposed changes to on-street parking across Bath and North East Somerset.

Recycled items given new life on TV

Items due to be dumped by residents at Keynsham’s Pixash Recycling Centre are given a new lease of life on BBC One’s ‘Money for Nothing’ programme next month.

Temporary towpath diversion in Bath

A diversion on the Bristol to Bath towpath was put in place this week to allow major gas works at Bath Western Riverside.

Freedom in the City: Festival of Learning

Freedom in the City: Festival of Learning, is a new series of events coming out of Fairfield House, Bath.

Running from April-October, the festival explores the legacy of Emperor Haile Selassie I's time living in the city, and is a wider celebration of Ethiopian and Rastafari cultures, and connections with Bath and the UK.

All events are free and bookable.

Council meeting calendar

Do you want to know about decisions being taken by the council and have your say? Please follow this link to the council’s calendar of meetings.

Local democracy

Candidates announced for the Police and Crime Commissioner election

The full list of candidates for the May 6 election including candidate statements can be viewed at or voters can call 0808 196 2170 to request a booklet to be sent to them.

Candidates announced for the West of England Mayoral election

A printed booklet with information about May 6 election for the West of England Mayor has been delivered to households in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire with details of the candidates.

Still time to complete the census

Even though Census Day on 21 March has been and gone, it’s not too late to fill out your form. Every household is required by law to complete the census.

All households should have received a letter with instructions for taking part. If you haven’t or you’ve misplaced the letter, go to to request an online completion code via SMS text message.

There is plenty of help available, including face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres within Bath at Moorland Road Community Library on 0792 777 7385 between 1pm-4pm Mon-Fri to arrange a face-to-face appointment and also at Southdown Methodist Church on 0750 668 1894 between 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri for telephone support as well as a face-to-face appointment.

EU Settlement Scheme: deadline looming

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in Bath & North East Somerset are being reminded about the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after June 30 2021.

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You can also apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. You must usually have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Latest Government guidance

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Information on the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Find out what you can and cannot do.

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus infection who do not live with the person

This guidance is for people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19 and who is not from that person’s household.

COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Information for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

Ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

What ventilation is and why it is important.

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For updates on our services visit our website.

Employment and Skills Pod

Bath and North East Somerset residents who want to get back to work or change career can now get tailored advice on training and upskilling from a new Employment and Skills Pod. The service is part of the Community Wellbeing Hub and aims to support people who have been made redundant due to Covid-19, or those who are short or long term unemployed, to seek and attain work.

The Employment and Skills Pod has been set up by Bath & North East Somerset Council and its partners to help people identify the type of job they could do, refer them to training opportunities and gain work experience.

Support available from the Community Wellbeing Hub

Anybody who is a resident of Bath and North East Somerset can benefit from support from the Community Wellbeing Hub. A collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council, Virgin Care and third sector organisation representatives 3SG, the team can offer a range of support services such as mental health, returning home from hospital, income, housing and benefits advice, food and medication collections, as well as lifestyle services for help with stopping smoking, getting active or losing weight.

To contact the Hub:
Phone: 0300 247 0050.
Text: 07870 868368
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am until 5pm

If you need to contact the council about its services please ring Council Connect on 01225 394041 or email

Mental health and wellbeing

If you need mental health and wellbeing support go to Every Mind Matters and there’s also information on these pages:

Bathnes 1BD provides information, activities and support for families and children, including mental health and emotional wellbeing. We also have a similar page for adults needing support or care, on Wellbeing Options.

You can call:
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust 0300 303 1320
  • Community Wellbeing Hub 0300 247 0050
Bath Mind Breathing Space 01225 983130

Domestic abuse

Southside provides help to people who live in Bath & North East Somerset who are at risk of domestic violence and abuse. The working hours are 9-5pm Monday-Thursday, and 9-4pm Fridays. Local support services can be found here.

Sight loss support

Sight Support West of England provides emotional and practical support to help people adjust to living with sight loss. Since lockdown this has been either online or over the phone. Now following careful planning, some covid-secure face-to-face support sessions are resuming on an appointment only basis.

Your Community Sight Loss Adviser will be available at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath on the first Wednesday each month and at Midsomer Norton Town Hall on the 4th Thursday each month. 
To find out more, or make an appointment please call  0117 3224885 or email For more information on the full range of services visit

For more useful information visit the RNIB website:

Local agencies and useful links

We have been working closely with local agencies and if you would like to find out more about their work please look on their website: RUHAvon and Somerset PoliceCuro, and Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG.
  • Public Health England updates a daily dashboard:  It includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. 
  • Latest information on coronavirus:
NHS information on coronavirus:
Visit our Bathnes youtube channel

Tune in

Local radio is a great way of keeping up to date with essential information, if you don’t already you should tune into BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Somerset or BBC Radio Wiltshire.
BBC Radio Bristol BBC Radio Bristol
BBC Radio Somerset BBC Radio Somerset
BBC Radio Wiltshire BBC Radio Wiltshire
Somer Valley FM covers Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Westfield and surrounding villages including Farrington, Paulton, Peasedown, Coleford and Stratton.

Broadcast online and on 97.5fm you can contact at or call 01761 411 755
Somer Valley 97.5FM Somer Valley 97.5FM
Bath Radio is a community radio station which has been operating as a hospital radio station for the past 50 years. It now broadcasts to the wider Bath community. Listen online.
Radio Bath provides local news and information, promotes the city and supports its businesses, charities and community organisations.
Keynsham’s KTCRfm 105.8FM is now broadcasting 24/7.

KTCRfm covers Keynsham, Saltford, Hanham, Bitton, Warmley, Clutton, Timsbury, the Chew Valley and as far south as Temple Cloud. East to the eastern edge of Bath. North across South Gloucestershire to the M4 corridor and west into many parts of Bristol.
KTCRfm 105.8FM KTCRfm 105.8FM

BA1 Radio have been established for a year in Bath and operate from a studio in Southside Youth Hub, broadcasting twelve hours of shows every weekday, focusing on Bath and the local community, including hourly news reports.


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