Advice has been issued this week on temporary arrangements for deaths where no next of kin or other family can be traced. The guidance comes amid social distancing and other measures introduced by the Government to halt the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
'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 residents with prepayment energy meters are being advised on measures to take during the Coronavirus lockdown. It is recommended that customers contact their supplier regarding their circumstances, preferably via email or online chat where possible to leave phone lines open to the most vulnerable.
Vital support for Middlesbrough businesses is being rolled out to safeguard jobs across the town as the Coronavirus response gathers pace. Grants totalling more than £4 million have been processed to date for more than 400 businesses, with a further 900 in the pipeline.
Consumers are being warned to be on the alert for fraudsters taking advantage of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The scammers are preying on fear and uncertainty surrounding the disease to set up fake advertisements for goods in short supply and send out emails about the Coronavirus.