Middlesbrough Town Hall will fly an NHS flag in a show of solidarity with all those working to keep people safe. The iconic blue and white logo will be joined by a rainbow flag to symbolise the community spirit shown by so many people during the Covid-19 crisis.
A major appeal has been made for Middlesbrough residents to support local foodbanks which have seen a sharp rise in users. Middlesbrough Foodbank serves around 7,700 individuals, but since the Coronavirus outbreak the service has seen a sharp rise in the number of people using it, and also a decrease in food donations.
Drivers are being urged to curb their speed as coronavirus measures have led to more people walking on the roads. Campaign group Road Safety GB North East (RSGB NE) said since the North East went into lockdown ten days ago, there had been a notable shift in both driver and pedestrian behaviour on the region’s roads.
Local artists and those in creative industries are being made aware of grants for those working in the sector. Arts Council England are making £20m available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.
Sporting clubs and organisations in Middlesbrough are being urged to take a look at a major package of grants being made available amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Sport England have pledged £195m in grants in order to allow the sports and physical activity sector to survive and thrive post Covid-19.
The Cleveland Show has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus. Organisers are now promising that the popular free annual event will return "bigger and better than ever before" in 2021. In a statement organisers said: "We are very sorry but due to the Coronavirus we, like many other events, have had to take the hard and difficult decision to cancel this year's Cleveland Show."
Special 'virtual' hubs are helping to deliver food and support to some of Middlesbrough's most vulnerable residents during the Coronavirus crisis. The Shielding Hub and Community Hub are gearing up to help up to 1,000 people a week across Middlesbrough throughout the pandemic.
Victims of domestic violence and abuse are being assured that support is still available amid the ongoing Coronavirus shutdown. While services are changing in response to Government guidance on social distancing, help is there for those in the greatest need.
'Sort it out or we’ll shut you down' - that’s the message from Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston to local businesses with 'shoddy' health practices during the coronavirus crisis. The mayor has slammed many Teesside businesses he believes are putting staff and the wider community at risk.
Middlesbrough Register Office has temporarily closed to the public as part of the ongoing drive to slow the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. All birth registrations, weddings, civil partnership and citizenship ceremonies had already been put on hold, also in accordance with national guidance.