What's in our Corona Virus Info section:
Face coverings mandatory on public transport and shops as of 24th July - here's how to make your own face mask
Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Stagecoach Oxfordshire further increase bus services. City Sightseeing buses return from 18th July and the Airline coaches to Gatwick Airport resumes on 19th July
What we're doing
Daily Info exists to help people get the most out of life in Oxford, and that remains our mission in good times and bad. We'll continue to let you know about what's going on, where you can access help and support, and what entertainments and opportunities are available for people and families who are self-isolating. Like many small businesses we'll be experiencing huge financial challenges over the coming months, and we hope to be able to stay open for business, to help our community and to showcase the best of the city we love, for as long as possible.
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Many events are sadly being cancelled, but our pages are still busy with people recruiting for jobs, offering services, and listing rooms to let and items for sale, and even in difficult times we expect this to continue, though at a slower pace and in line with current health advice and regulations.
Alongside our usual service of classified ads and local information, we'll be updating our Oxford Coronavirus page with essential information, useful ideas, and as much fun stuff as possible. We'll be keeping up with information about closures and cancellations - and of course letting you know about what's still going ahead.
Helping with free and cheap advertising
In the short term we are increasing the word limit and number of pictures you can have in a free advert, and we're offering more time online and discounts for paid adverts, so people can get their message across more easily. We're always happy to speak to individuals about their needs.
In the long term we will be offering discounted advertising and online-only options, and we will be introducing a package of much more affordable events advertising, restaurant advertising, and services advertising, to help artists, venues and small businesses get back on their feet when things begin to return to normal.
The printed sheet
The sheet of Friday the 20th March was the last issue until advised restrictions on public movement are lifted. Advertisers will be offered extra time online to replace time in print.
Daily Info is a small business which has been at the heart of Oxford since 1964. We are facing enormous financial challenges at the moment, and like many small businesses we may not still be trading when this crisis is over. Until then we will be doing as much as we can to help our community and bring information to Oxford. Please get in touch if we can help you in any way.
NHS 111 Online Assessment - General NHS advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do next if you think you have symptoms.
For a good idea of what symptoms to look out for check out this BBC explainer on how to know if you have coronavirus. Also, the IFH (International Forum on Home Hygiene) has detailed guidance on hygiene measures which will best protect you from getting infected, and stop those who become infected from spreading their infection to others.
Please assume for now that physical, in-person events remain cancelled - we are removing them as quickly as we can!
You can find a wide range of entertaining and uplifting things to participate in virtually through our Virtual Events column.
Oxford City Council has collated useful information with links to guidance on staying at home, school closures, council tenants, waste collection and other issues. It also has guidance translated into other languages. For anyone facing financial hardship of any kind, they have also recently launched a directory of the essential support that is currently available remotely. Help is available from the council for anyone who needs it - you can call them on 01865 249 811.
In addition,Money Saving Expert has a comprehensive guide to your financial rights as well as help for renters and guidance on things like topping up prepaid energy.
Social distancing vs. self-isolation - This page clearly and helpfully outlines the difference between social distancing and self-isolation.
Sadly, fraudsters are using the the publicity surrounding coronavirus to carry out scams. Thames Valley Police have issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 related scams, and ask that the public remain vigilant.
UK Government Travel Advice - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential international travel due to the outbreak. However, the FCO do still have country-by-country advice and information on travel restrictions and entry requirements if needed.
Information for Organisations
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 25th May that all non-essential retailers will be able to operate from 15 June provided sufficient progress is made in controlling the virus, Oxford City Council, is urging business owners to take action now to so they are ready to operate safely as restrictions on trading for some begin to lift. The council have issued this guidance for businesses, which is available in addition to the government guidelines for working safely during coronavirus.
If you're reopening soon in response to the latest announcement, Minuteman Press Oxford have a range of materials available to help keep the workplace safe, for employees and customers. Stickers with messages encouraging physical distancing, face guards, and sneeze shields are some examples - get in touch with them on 01865 247 010 or email [email protected] for more information.
HMRC have launched a new helpline to assist businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus. You can call 0800 0159 559 to discuss your circumstances and explore options. The helpline is open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri and 8am - 4pm Sat.
Good Finance have an excellent COVID-19 Resource Hub to help charities and social enterprise navigate the problems posed by the outbreak. Charity Excellence also has a very helpful and extensive list of sources of funding for charities and local projects - currently there are 250 and counting, with more added every Monday.
Applications are now open for Cherwell District Council's community wellbeing projects fund. Charities, community groups and voluntary organisations in Kidlington and the surrounding villages can apply for grants of up to £1000 for initiatives which support health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and connect communities. Click here to find out more.
Throughout August, Oxford City Council and Oxford County Council are making parking free at all 5 Park and Ride sites (Pear Tree, Redbridge, Seacourt, Oxford Parkway and Thornhill).
Oxford Bus Company is currently operating a reduced timetable, though services are being increased from 19th July, as more people gradually return to work and travel for leisure - updates can be found here. Thames Travel and Stagecoach are also increasing weekday services. All three companies will have enhanced cleaning regimes in place, as well as other measures to facilitate social distancing, such as reduced capacities.
Sightseeing bus tours return to Oxford on 18th July with a new timetable for summer 2020 - click here to find out more and buy tickets.
For coach travel further afield, the Oxford Tube coach service to London resumed on 6th July with a temporary revised timetable, while the Airline coach service to Gatwick Airport resumes on 19th July.
The latest update on National Rail's response to the crisis is available here - current timetables are 'working to an enhanced Saturday-level of service' across the network, since Monday 18 May, though do check before you travel.
With small indoor gatherings and outdoor performances now permitted with social distancing observed, the Oxford events scene is starting to pick up pace again. We'll continue listing as many events as possible and encourage organisers to list their own too - find out what's going on here.
Despite this, a lot of the bigger festivals remain postponed, and many are offering virtual alternatives - you can find our virtual event listings here. Subscribe to our Editor's Picks newsletter to get the best selection of both live and virtual events.