Coronavirus Update

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Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance. 

This week:

The Scottish Government have announced the Stay Local restrictions in Scotland are to be eased from Friday 16 April.

  • Travel permitted anywhere in Scotland (outdoor socialising, recreation, or informal exercise)
  • 6 adults, from up to 6 households can meet outdoors

For more information visit the Scottish Government's website.

Walk-through testing is now available for people with coronavirus symptoms at Kirkton Community Centre car park.

This unit is open 7 days a week – with appointments available from 8am to 8pm.

Tests must be booked in advance via nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.

More information on how to get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 can be found here.

The drop-in community testing site for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be available at Dundee City Square this Saturday (17 April) as planned due to an event taking place in the square.

Full details of testing for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 across Dundee can be found here

Elsewhere, Leisure & Culture Dundee have announced that in line with the Scottish Government's timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions, a number of our key venues will reopen from week commencing Monday 26 April as follows:

Olympia Leisure Centre will open on Monday 26 April for lane swimming, learn to swim, club training, aquafit, shallow swimming and individual exercise in the fitness suite.

Central Library will open on Monday, 26 April with reduced opening hours (Mon, Thu, Fri 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Tue 10am-1pm and 2-6pm, Wed, Sat 10am-1pm). Lower floor departments only. Returns, browsing and borrowing and limited PC access will be available in the lower floor departments. A 'Reconnect and Collect' service will also be available.

Camperdown Wildlife Centre will open on Monday 26 April, initially a booking system will be in operation with details published on their website soon.

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum will open Tuesday, 27 April (initially Tuesday to Saturday) with exhibitions Time and Tide: The Transformation of the Tay running until 3 October, 2021 and A Love Letter to Dundee: Joseph McKenzie Photographs 1964-1987 running until March 2022.

Meanwhile, Dundee families are being urged to keep supporting safety guidelines as pupils return to the classroom full-time after the Easter break on Monday April 19.

It is the first time since before the Christmas holiday that the vast majority of Dundee pupils will be back in school for lessons.

From Monday all pupils, apart from those who are shielding, will be back in class.

A senior councillor is asking everyone from Dundee’s nursey and school communities to exercise caution to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep the return as safe as possible.

This includes:

  • Families should observe 2 metre physical distancing while dropping off and picking up outside nursery or school, while they are also encouraged to wear face coverings
  • Secondary pupils wearing a face covering while in school
  • They should also wear a face covering if travelling by bus or visiting local shops

Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families convener, said: “It has taken an enormous effort by all of our school staff to prepare for this full-time return and I would like to thank them all.

“This is a huge step forward for our secondary pupils and they will be excited to return to school full-time following long closures.”

Pupils on the shielding list will not return until April 26.

Meanwhile, lateral flow tests will be offered to secondary pupils and school staff. 

The city council has a coronavirus information page for schools on its website

*The guidance on face coverings does not apply to those with exemptions.

Elsewhere, a partial reopening of day centres and respite centres has begun in Dundee.

The Oakland Centre has re-opened, albeit in a limited capacity. It is anticipated that the Mackinnon Centre will offer limited day services from the Oakland Centre in the near future.

In addition, the Turriff Intermediate Care suite reopened this week and can support emergency respite for people with dementia. 

We plan to begin to open day and respite services for adults out of the White top and day support services out of the Wellgate centre in May. We will continue to update individuals and their families on progress.

It is anticipated that if cases of COVID-19 across the city continue to drop then day centres and respite centres will be open with less restrictions.

Chair of the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board Councillor Ken Lynn said: “I am are pleased to announced that we are on the way to fully reopening respite and day care centres in Dundee.

“I would urge those that usually use these centres to be patient, they are only open in a limited capacity at the moment for those most vulnerable.”

Finally, shoppers returning to Dundee city centre as lockdown measures ease will notice a number of improvements on their first visit and in the coming weeks.

New street furniture including bespoke poster towers and benches and planters, fresh floor coverings, wall tiles and lighting, will be complemented by advanced plans for further public art and pedestrian and public transport priority measures.

Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “While much of our focus over the past year has rightly been on dealing with the implications of the pandemic, we have also been able to make some positive changes to the look and feel of the city centre.”

City Square has been improved with the installation of 20 new benches and rearranged planters, while the access from Castle Street has been refurbished with new stone flooring, wall tiles, signs and lighting. Signage has also been applied to the Crichton Street stairway access. New bespoke seating with planters has also been installed in Reform Street.

In addition, four poster towers have been installed at the Railway Station Plaza, Dock Street, Panmure Street and Nethergate. These are for local use to publicise cultural events, venues, gigs, public notices and health messages. Similarly, digital screens will be installed in the coming weeks at the McManus Galleries and Caird Hall to promote their future events.

A public art project: “Lost and Found” has recently been completed in the heart of the city. Artist Jeremy Cunningham has produced a series of small sculptures based on ordinary items and the alphabet, to be found in the City Centre’s main streets. Each item is accompanied by a letter and as the fun is in finding them, no trail map is being produced.

The artist is also responsible for several other works in the city, including the Submarine Memorial in the docks and “Stitch in Time” on Marine Parade at City Quay.

Plans are well advanced for the next significant public art installation in the High Street, where a polar bear, Bruin, will be chasing a man with a roll of material up an iceberg plinth onto its overhanging edge.

The statue commemorates the 1881 escape and subsequent safe recapture of a polar bear, one of two brought from Davis’ Straits by a local whaling ship and bought for exhibition in Commercial Street by a Mr Woods.

According to contemporary reports the escapee was one of two housed in a wooden box with an iron grating which slipped off the barrow transporting them and broke open. After scaring off on lookers and barging into a High Street clothes shop the bear was tempted out by a piece of beef and safely recaptured.

The iceberg element refers to the precarious future faced by polar bears while the figure is Mr Jamieson, the haberdashery shop owner.

Sculptor David Annand created the work to be cast in bronze. The Dear Leap at the Tech Park and ‘Cats Poem Disturbed’ at Broughty Ferry Library are also his work.

The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus is available on the council’s website.

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