City briefing

We will update this page with our City Briefing each time a new issue is published. This is to keep everyone updated on the action we're taking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You can read previous city briefings on our archive page.

5pm - Friday 25 September

Covid-19 alert status stays yellow

The city’s Covid-19 alert level status remains at yellow this week. 

There were 47 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city up to 17 September (based on data published on 21 September), down from 59 cases in the week up to 10 September.

This is equivalent to a weekly rate of new cases of 16.2 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than England’s rate of 34.9 per 100,000. For the second week running the most significant rise in new cases is among young people, particularly those aged 16-24.

While there’s been a fall in the number of confirmed cases in the city, we know many people have found it difficult to get a test during this period, which may affect the numbers of confirmed cases.

A new local testing site opened in Brighton & Hove this week and appointments must be booked in advance via the NHS website.

Read more in our newsroom.

Supporting the city’s creative and cultural sector 

Creative people from across the city are coming together to make an Arts Recovery Plan to support the city’s cultural and events sector through the Covid-19 crisis.

Part-funded by Brighton & Hove City Council, the plan will explore how the sector can recover from loss of income and how artists and organisations can adjust their commercial models to new ways of working.

Brighton & Hove has a year-round calendar of cultural events, including around 60 festivals which bring millions of visitors into the city.

They include the Brighton Festival, the second largest in the UK, and Brighton Fringe which, in 2019 contributed around £20 million to the local economy. 

Read more in our newsroom.

Birth registrations of babies born during lockdown

We’re looking for babies born in the city during the lockdown who have not yet been legally registered. Are you a parent of a child who has not been issued with a birth certificate?

All birth registrations were stopped by the government on 24 March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 850 babies were born in Brighton & Hove during lockdown. Register offices were only allowed to start registering births again in mid-June. 

Now, two months after birth registrations began again, there are still more than 150 lockdown babies who have not been registered locally. 

It is a legal requirement to register a birth and many parents treasure their official birth certificate issued by the registrar team.

It’s quick and easy to register a birth at Brighton & Hove Register Office. Appointments with the register office can be booked online or by phone on 01273 292016. 

Read more in our newsroom.

Councillors to look at reopening Madeira Drive for one-way traffic

A proposal to reopen Madeira Drive to one-way traffic, with a two-way protected cycle lane, more space for pedestrians and an increase in parking bays for blue badge holders will be considered by councillors next week.

Members of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) Committee will discuss the recommendation on Tuesday 29 September, as part of an update on the city’s Covid-19 Urgent Response Transport Action Plan.

The new design has been produced working with stakeholders and informed by feedback we’ve received from disability groups.

Read more in our newsroom.

First climate assembly virtually meets

Brighton & Hove’s citizens assembly on climate met for the first of five sessions on Tuesday 22 September.

Around 50 residents came together online to look at how the city will address the climate crisis over the next 10 years and prioritise actions to take forward.  

The climate assembly is focusing on the question: How can we step up actions to reduce transport-related emissions in the city?

This first session outlined what transport is like locally, how the council is proposing to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 and what participants thought were the biggest climate change challenges for them.

Read more in our newsroom.

NHS ‘Test & Trace’ app launched

The government is launched the new NHS Test & app on Thursday 24 September. It features a QR code scanner so people can check in to venues and be alerted in the event that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

The app provides advice and outlines actions you need to take around self-isolating or getting a test. It also informs users if the local area becomes high risk.

All leisure, hospitality, sports and faith venues that the public visit will need to display their own QR code poster so customers can check in quickly and easily.

To get a code, businesses will need to register on the government website.

Find out more about the NHS Covid-19 app.