Last updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:24 AM
Stirling Council continues to follow Government, NHS and Public Health Scotland guidance on COVID-19 in line with the five levels of Coronavirus restrictions.
The Stirling Council area, along with all of mainland Scotland, entered Level 4 of these restrictions on Boxing Day (Saturday, 26 December) at 00.01am.
Further updates to Level 4 restrictions were put in place on 5 January 2021, and again on Saturday, 16 January.
It is crucial all residents and businesses understand the changing rules, guidance and their exceptions by regularly visiting the Scottish Government website.
Please note: This web page provides information on how the Council is supporting communities through COVID-19.
For updates on how COVID-19 is impacting our services, visit our Regular Service Updates page.
The Stirling Council area entered Level 4 of the Scottish Government Coronavirus restrictions at 00.01am Saturday, 26 December.
Amendments to Level 4 were implemented on 5 January and, subsequently, 16 January 2021.
The message that people must not leave or stay outside the home unless it is for an essential purpose has remained the same.
For official information and updates on the changes, please visit the Scottish Government website.
In response to some frequently asked questions about other ongoing Council services, we can confirm:
- Bins will still be collected
- The tips remain open – but please follow level 4 travel restrictions and only visit for essential purposes
- Waste special uplifts are suspended until further notice
- There will be changes to how learning and childcare is delivered in January 2021 in schools and nurseries.
- Play Parks remain open but users must adhere to government rules on meeting outdoors
- Libraries’ "Select and Collect" Service will be stopped
- Springkerse Park and Ride service will operate on a revised timetable while Castleview Park and Ride is temporarily suspended.
- Indoor activity at The PEAK including the gym, swimming pools and sports hall ceased from 5pm, Thursday 24 December, and the facility will remain closed during Level 4 restrictions. Please see the latest info from Active Stirling.
If you have further questions, please visit the Scottish Government website for detail on how daily life is affected by Level 4 restrictions.
All vaccines that are made available to the general public have been through a series of rigorous clinical trials to test for safety and efficiency. Safety monitoring is key component of all stages of vaccine development and continues after a vaccine has been approved for use.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) monitors the safety of all vaccines and medicines on a UK wide basis and only vaccines which have gone through all the required clinical trials and received the necessary regulatory approvals will be used.
A Scottish Covid-19 vaccination helpline is available on 0800 030 8013 from 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days a week. Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme can also be found on national NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine
For local information, please visit the NHS Forth Valley website.
Support due to Shielding or self isolationIf you, or a member of your household is self isolating due to Coronavirus, or have been asked to ‘shield’ by the Chief Medical Officer, Stirling Council can offer support. This support can include help with shopping, collecting a prescription or offering guidance if you are having difficulties financially. Please complete our online form to apply.
You can keep track of the latest information on our Community Support network with our fortnightly bulletins.
Please visit our dedicated page for further information or support.
Call 101 if you are concerned about an adult who is not at immediate risk of harm or 999 in an emergency.
Harm reduction services
If you are worried about your own or another person’s substance use please contact Change, Grow Live (CGL) for support on 0808 1962188. If you are concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use then Forth Valley Family Support Service (FVFSS) can also help. Call the Family Support Development Officer on 07484024407.
Forth Valley Recovery Community (FVRC) is a community of people committed to supporting recovery from substance use. During this time telephone support will be available via Tom Bennett (07920 234694) or Becky Wood (07920 576375).
Adult Learning & Employability
Face to face contact with individuals is not currently running however staff are continuing to engage regularly with existing customers. There is very limited capacity to take on new clients but contact should be made via telephone (01786 237517) or email and a member of the team will respond.
For support please contact Jonathan Sharp by telephone on 07818 520936. For emergencies please contact Jonathan or the Stirling Council emergency number on 01786 473041. If you require an interpreter please let us know.
English classes have been cancelled. We are trying to find alternatives and will provide updates when this has been agreed.
Level 4 Restrictions
We would like to remind businesses that information on current business support grants, as well as other dedicated business information and advice, is available at the Invest in Stirling website.
This site is kept updated as new schemes become available. We recognise that a number of new schemes are currently proposed and, once these are formalised, they will be added to this site and be promoted.
Following the Scottish Government's announcement that mainland Scotland will move into Level 4 from 26 December 2020, please be advised that businesses who have previously applied for Strategic Framework Business Fund Closure Grants do NOT need to reapply.
If businesses were previously successful with an application then payments will restart automatically. The Scottish Government has also now added some new business types to the eligibility criteria and these are detailed via the above link. Please check the criteria before applying.
Our team of Business Advisers is available on InvestInStirling@stirling.gov.uk or 01786 498496 if you wish to seek further advice or support during these challenging times.