Town Centre Litter Pick tomorrow (21st July) 1pm to 3pm
Just a gentle reminder that our summer town centre litter pick, organised by Ronnie O’Keeffe, Chair of BBAC, takes place tomorrow from 1pm. Thank you to those of you who have confirmed you and/or your staff are taking part.
If you are supporting the litter pick, please meet at 1pm at the top of Church Street, by the ramp into The Mall Shopping Centre. Hi-vis vests, litter pickers, gloves and bags will all be provided.
Fully vaccinated critical workers to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances
The Government have confirmed in a press release that fully vaccinated critical workers to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services.
Railway signallers and air traffic controllers are among the critical workers who may in exceptional circumstances be able to leave self-isolation to attend work if deemed a close contact under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services.
From today, in exceptional circumstances – where there would otherwise be a major detrimental impact on essential services – a limited number of critical workers may be informed by their employer, following advice from the relevant government department, that they may be able to leave self-isolation to attend work.
This is a small and targeted intervention to ensure that services critical to the safety and functioning of our society can continue. This means enabling individuals to attend work where not doing so would lead to major detrimental impact on the availability, integrity or delivery of essential services – including those services whose integrity, if compromised, could result in significant loss of life or casualties, and/or where there is an immediate risk to defence or security.
This will only apply to workers who are fully vaccinated (defined as someone who is 14 days post-final dose) and will be solely so that they can attend work. They will otherwise need to continue to self-isolate as directed by NHS Test and Trace. It applies to asymptomatic contacts only and not individuals who have tested positive or who have Covid-19 symptoms. Critical workplaces that take this approach will follow conditions to minimise any risk of transmission.
Critical workers who attend work in these exceptional circumstances will need to take a PCR test as soon as possible followed by daily LFD tests before attending work each day of their self-isolation period. If they test positive or start to show symptoms they must immediately self-isolate and will no longer be able to attend work.
Workplaces will follow other safeguards, including ensuring that social distancing is maintained and face coverings worn at all times. Decisions to inform employers that designated critical workers may have a reasonable excuse to attend work will be made by the relevant department with responsibility for the critical service.
This is a short-term measure before the exemption for fully vaccinated contacts is introduced on 16 August. It is highly limited and focused to prevent public harm from disruption to critical services. It will only apply to named individuals from a specific set of organisations.
Employers covered by this process will receive a letter from a government department setting out the designated critical workers and telling employers what steps they and those critical workers must follow.
The full press release is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fully-vaccinated-critical-workers-to-be-able-to-leave-self-isolation-in-exceptional-circumstances
Welcome Back to Blackburn event – 30 July to 1 August
The Welcome Back to Blackburn event takes place from Friday 30 July at 1pm until Sunday 1 August. There will be a covered stage on King William St by the Town Hall where 10 x 25min feel-good music performances from Pop Up Entertainment will take place throughout the weekend, supported by local acts including the Chorley Cakes Ceilidh band.
On Saturday on Church Street there will also be an informal performance area with Blowjangles band and The Flying Starts performing through the afternoon, and on Sunday the Shh! Bar is hoping to host complementary entertainment on Northgate from 10am.
It promises to be an amazing weekend with a fantastic atmosphere. The event is organised by Blackburn BID, funded by Blackburn with Darwen Council and supported by King George’s Hall. Please help spread the word to customers, friends and family.