Corona Virus Update 13th Jan 2021

Information from Stirling Council Community Response Team.

There have been some recent change for Five postcode districts – FK17, FK18, FK19, FK20, FK21 . Home testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) symptomatic people has been expanded to rural areas of Stirling Council where it was previously unavailable.

For further details follow this link –https://www.stirling.gov.uk/news/2020/december-2020/home-testing-for-covid-19-expanded-to-all-of-rural-stirling/

Please note there is also a telephone number 0300 303 2713 and further information available on – https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Have also attached the latest Community News Bulletin for Covid19 and other information

Corona Virus Vaccine information

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Here is a link to the information available from NHS Forth Valley regarding the vaccination programme. Please scroll down for information on a range of vaccine related queries & questions.

https://nhsforthvalley.com/covid/covid-19-vaccination/

This is a link to a WHICH page providing information on a fake vaccination text message being circulated by scammers. Also contains info on other fraudulent emails/messages in circulation.

https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/scam-nhs-covid-vaccine-text-message/

Coronavirus Update 5/1/2021

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

All mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye has moved, today, into a Lockdown with a legal requirement to stay at home. There are a number of exemptions which would be classed as a reasonable reason to go out. The link below provides information on the restrictions and those exemptions. Scroll down to find a drop down menu for a range of situations.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/

Level 4 Do’s and Don’ts

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Stirling will move to Tier 4 ( highest) level of restrictions from Friday 20 November at 6pm for three weeks.

Not travelling out with your own Tier 3 & 4 Council area unless for essential reasons as defined by Scot Gov will become the law from Friday as well.
Use following link to check details of what this will mean https://www.gov.scot/…/coronavirus-covid-19-protection…/

All non-essential shops will close as will all hospitality except takeaway provision. No indoor socialising, outdoor max 6 from 2 households. Gyms will close. Schools remain open.

Coronavirus Update 29th October 2020

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Please see attached the various tables from the Scottish Government framework document that show the restrictions, requirements or guidelines that apply in a range of areas.

These are much the same as those currently in place and that will remain until the official Tier 3 designation begins  on November 2.

Coronavirus Update 9/10/2020

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Further to my email yesterday on the new restrictions the Scottish Government has today published the new regulations. The new regulations can be found here.

The restrictions will come in to place at 6 pm on Friday 9 October 2020 until midnight on Sunday 25 October 2020. The restrictions are as follows:-

Licensed Premises

Any person who carries on business at a premises licensed to sell alcohol under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and situated within the District of Stirling Licensing Board (the “Board”) area must close and cease selling food and drink for consumption on the premises from 6pm on Friday 9 October 2020 until midnight on Sunday 25 October 2020.

There are some limited exceptions to this general position and these are as follows:-

  • A limited exemption for premises where the service of food and drink forms part of another business. The part of the business serving food and drink must close but the remainder of the premises can remain open. An example is a golf clubhouse, where the bar must close and cease selling food and drink, but the club shop may remain open.
  • Cafes and canteens are excluded from the definition of licensed premises but must cease selling alcohol with food if they hold a premises licence. A café is defined as “an establishment whose primary business activity, in the ordinary course of its business, is the sale of non-alcoholic drinks, snacks or light meals, which may be consumed on the premises”
  • limited exemption for service of meals and non-alcoholic drinks for guests only in accommodation and student residences that are licensed premises. Hotels and commercial providers of accommodation can serve alcohol via room service only, and can serve food and non-alcoholic drinks for consumption in other areas of the hotel or commercial accommodation.
  • exemption for specific life events such as wedding receptions or a funeral which may continue with alcohol being served with numbers present being restricted as per current rules.
  • exemption for takeaways and home deliveries which remains subject to local license conditions.

If there is dubiety as to what is a café or not, Council officers will have regard to the licensed premises operation plan to ascertain whether the primary activity in the ordinary course of business is the sale ofnon-alcoholic drinks, snacks or light meals, which may be consumed on the premises :-

“For the purposes of these regulations Stirling Council regards a café as a small establishment with the primary purpose of serving light meals and snacks, coffee, tea and other soft beverages. The Council will have regard to the operating plan of any licensed premises which claims to be a café in ascertaining whether that licensed premises is indeed a café.”

Unlicensed Premises

Unlicensed premises may open between 6 am and 6 pm and cannot permit the consumption of alcohol on the premises such as BYOB.

Other Listed Businesses

All persons carrying on a listed business located in the Board area must close and not carry on that business for 16 days from 6pm on Friday 9 October 2020 until midnight on Sunday 25 October. The only exception to this is where the listed business forms part of a larger business premises. In this situation the requirement to close the listed business is met if that part within the larger business premises is closed.

Listed businesses are:-

(a) a nightclub or discotheque,

(b) a sexual entertainment venue,

(c) an indoor theatre,

(d) a concert hall,

(e) a soft play centre,

(f) a snooker hall,

(g) a pool hall,

(h) a bowling alley,

(i) a casino, or

(j) a bingo hall.

Restrictions of Gatherings

The current restrictions on gatherings in public places remain; no more than 6 people from no more than 2 households can gather together. The specific exceptions for life events such as weddings and funerals remain.

You will appreciate that we are responding very quickly to a fluid and changing situation. Whilst the regulations provide a definition of café, the Council will try to be as helpful to license holders as possible. However, there will be situations where licensed premises will not fall within the Government’s definition of a café.  

The Council’s licensing team is responding to enquiries as quickly as they can but we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails; we are working as hard as we can to deal with queries. Information will also be placed on the Council’s website.

Coronavirus Update

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

After the FM announcements today regarding restrictions being imposed for the next two weeks, extra restrictions apply to Central Belt Health Board areas ( Including Forth Valley that is made up of Stirling, Clacks and Falkirk council areas)

Central belt area focusing on five health board areas (Ayrshire & Arran; Forth Valley; Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Lanarkshire; Lothian):

·         Restrictions on licensed premises will come into force from 18:00 on Friday 9 October, with all other restrictions applying from 00:01 Saturday 10 October.

  • All licensed premises will be required to close, with the exception of takeaway services. Cafés (unlicensed premises) which don’t have an alcohol licence will be able to open between 6am and 6pm

·         Takeaways (including from pubs and restaurants) can continue

·         Evening meals may be served in accommodation for residents only but no alcohol can be served

·         Specific life events, such as weddings and funerals, may continue with alcohol, with current meeting rules for these events (20 person limit in regulated premises only)

·         No group exercise classes for indoor gyms and sports courts, pools with an exemption for under 18s

·         No adult (18+) contact sports or training, except professional sports, indoor or outdoor

·         No outdoor live events

·         Snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls are to close

·         Public transport use should be minimised as much as possible, such as for education and work, where it cannot be done from home

·         Current meeting rules, maximum of six people from two households, continue to apply