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Published: Wednesday, 21 April 2021

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Non-essential shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality are now open, so what better time to support your local businesses?

From food to fashion, Coventry businesses have worked hard to ensure they can welcome you back safely. While this is an exciting time for our city, please remember to look out for one another and maintain safe social distancing measures, wearing a face covering when required to do so.

Shoppers parking in the city centre can now park for longer thanks to the reduced parking rate. Those who usually stay for more than four hours pay a charge of £10, but the new rate allows parking for up to five hours parking for £5, six hours for £6, seven hours for £7, and so on – up to 10 hours. For more details on city centre parking, please see the Coventry City Council website

We will be providing suggestions and updated information on what is available to you over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on our social channels for content: TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Dine outdoor with Coventry business

Dining outWhen it comes to enjoying a bite to eat or a few drinks, there’s nothing quite like going alfresco to add to the occasion. Coventry has a huge choice of outdoor restaurants, whether it’s for a slap-up meal, quick bite, casual cocktail, or an afternoon in the sun.

With outdoor dining allowed in England from Monday 12 April, as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, alfresco options have never been more in demand, and luckily, we have plenty in the city to cater for every taste, budget and need. And even if the sun doesn’t shine, the great food and drink on offer are enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Read all about Coventry’s outdoor dining offer on our website.

MotoFest returns in 2021

MotoFestMotoFest Coventry is to return in 2021 with new dates and a new format for the UK’s largest free to attend motoring festival. Stretched out across the four weekends, from 17 July to 8 August 2021, MotoFest will be a non-stop cultural celebration and 'motoring madness'.

This family event is the UK’s largest free motoring festival, which brings together thousands, young and old, to celebrate the industry that moves us. Thrilling motorsport, heritage displays, global street food, live music and more: MotoFest is the one summer party invite that’s just too good to turn down.

For more information on MotoFest and the different themes that will be taking place though out the month, please visit our website.

RWLC 2021 – Tickets on sale now

RWLC Experience the Rugby World League Cup, right here in Coventry. Watch Scotland take on Australia in the most anticipated game of the season. Legends will be made; nations will collide, and champions will be crowned as the Rugby League World Cup returns to England in October and November 2021. 

Tell your friends, inform your family; it's time to assemble your squad. History will be created as the world's finest Rugby League stars take to the field at premier venues across the nation. 

To book your Rugby World League tickets, please visit the RWLC website.

West Midlands Cycle Hire comes to Coventry

West Midlands Cycle Hire has arrived in Coventry, offering more people the opportunity to enjoy cycling and providing a convenient and sustainable alterative to the car for shorter journeys.

Bikes will be available to hire 24/7 from over 20 docking stations located across the city, including at Earl Street, Trinity Street, War Memorial Park and Pool Meadow coach station. (For a full list of locations see map.)

To celebrate the launch in Coventry, you can get your first ride, of up to 30 minutes, completely free – simply download the cycle hire app and register to get your free ride.

City of Culture update

CoC update photoThe Coventry City of Culture Trust has confirmed that our year of culture will start on 15 May 2021, and run for 12 months. 

The signature event, Coventry Moves, will now take place on 5 June following consultation with partners and stakeholders across the city.

The opening on 15 May will be followed by a significant festival of street art and artist-designed shop windows to welcome visitors as they start to return to the city centre, as well as a range of events from partner organisations, including the Belgrade Theatre, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Warwick Arts Centre.

Keep up to date with the latest City of Culture events and news by following The City of Culture 2021 on Twitter and Facebook.

Community testing continues in Coventry

LFTIn order to understand the way COVID-19 is transmitted in communities and reduce its spread, community testing for Coronavirus is available to all Coventry residents, for anyone who is not showing symptoms of the virus.

The locally-led service will test people without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) in Coventry using lateral flow antigen testing. The aim of testing people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms is to protect those most at risk, using rapid testing to speed up the process. Find your nearest test centre on the Coventry City Council website.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, should immediately seek a free test in the normal way by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website

Advice and resources

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