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Dear residents and workers, We hope, like us, you are enjoying life returning to normal and seeing a busy, thriving Square Mile once again. All of us have worked together to ensure we protect our most vulnerable groups from Covid, and we should be proud of how much we have achieved. As a result, we are once again a vibrant hub for workers, residents, and visitors. As we look forward to the summer months with renewed optimism, it is also important that we remember to take some simple steps to protect ourselves, our family and others including: ● Get your first, second and booster jabs ● Stay at home if you are unwell ● Wear a face covering in crowded places ● If you are in an at-risk group test using the free lateral flow tests ● Let fresh air into your home or workplace ● Remember to wash or sanitize your hands regularly Booking a COVID-19 vaccine The COVID vaccine provide us with the best protection from all the versions of the virus and, also, mean we can continue to protect the older members of our community and those who may get seriously ill with Covid because of an existing medical condition. People aged 75 and over, those who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, can all now have their spring boosters. Everyone aged five years or above can get a first and second dose of the vaccine and all aged over 16 can get one booster jab, regardless of whether they are registered with a GP or their immigration status. To book an appointment for first or spring boosters or find a walk-in site please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119. The City’s dedicated vaccination site is, at Boots,120 Fleet Street. There is also a site at Sai Pharmacy, 19 Stable Walk, E1 8EJ. Both sites are available for walk-ins for over 16s, but it is best to book before you turn up. All COVID vaccines are available free of charge from the NHS. The vaccines have been shown to be both safe and highly effective at preventing severe disease. Testing Free testing is no longer available to all, but those in our community who belong to at-risk groups, can still get free tests. These groups include the following: ● Patients in hospital, who require tests for effective treatment. ● People who are eligible for COVID-19 treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. ● PCR testing for patients on discharge to care homes and hospices ● People who have compromised immune systems ● People admitted to hospital in an emergency when COVID-19 infection rates are high ● NHS patient-facing staff when COVID-19 infection rates are high ● NHS inpatients and elective care pre-admission when COVID-19 infection rates are high ● Adult social care, hospice and domiciliary care setting staff and a small number of critical visitors to care homes and hospices who provide close contact personal care in the same way as staff. Antiviral Medications A small number of people who are immuno-suppressed could potentially receive antiviral (AV) medications which can help treat COVID. These people should have been sent a lateral flow test kit during last month and in the event of COVID symptoms should test themselves and report any positive results online or to 119. All immuno-suppressed residents should also have received a letter and text message explaining the new pathway for accessing AV treatments and for reporting positive test results. If you think you are in this group and have not received a test kit or letter yet, please contact your GP. For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/CoronavirusTreatments Once again, we would like to thank you all for all your support during the pandemic. Alderman Vincent Keaveny The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Chris Hayward Chairman of Policy & Resources Go to cityoflondon.gov.uk/covid19informationsupport or call 020 7606 3030 to find more information and advice for residents and businesses in the City.

OUR TIME ON EARTH The latest artistic installation at the Barbican Centre transforms the conversation around the climate emergency. Read our thoughts on Page 13 FESTIVAL SEASON May 11 - Jun 7 2022 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 50,000 readers Edition 141 Culture can spark economic boom Arts programmes can aid City’s status as ‘economic powerhouse’ with Culture Mile outlining 2023 BID plan SOME of the biggest companies in the Square Mile are collaborating with the creative sector with the aim of using culture to cement the City’s place as an economic powerhouse. The aptly named Creative Exchange programme is being run by Culture Mile, the City of London’s cultural district, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate. Led by the City of London Corporation, a partnership of the Barbican Centre, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London are striving to create a vibrant, creative hub in the north-west corner of the Square Mile. Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, said: “Culture is playing a vital role as we emerge from the pandemic and that’s why partnerships between the creative and commercial sectors are so crucial. London is coming together and now, more than ever, our communities need us to work together to help it. “London remains the best city in the world in which to live, learn, work and invest.” Pilot projects under the Creative Exchange umbrella include The Legal Bridge, which facilitated an exchange of knowledge between artists, creatives and lawyers. Postgraduate law students were challenged to develop a tool that artists and creatives could use to help them navigate legal issues relevant to their work. Artist Noemi Gunea took part and said: “The Legal Bridge taught me that law is as subjective and complex as art, and gave me the confidence to learn how to navigate the jargon.” Creative Exchange is being supported by Bloomberg LP and delivered in partnership with ArtULTRA, qLegal, Queen Mary University of London and British Land. Jemma Read, Global Head of Corporate Philanthropy at Bloomberg LP, said: “The City of London is home to some of the UK’s leading businesses as well as a phenomenal array of creative talent. “We’re proud to support Culture Mile, which provides a unique platform for cross-sector collaboration and innovation. “Through this initiative, artists will be able to draw upon a diverse set of knowledge and skills from across the City of London’s community.” Culture Mile is aiming to become a Business Improvement District (BID) in 2023. All eligible businesses in the area will be balloted on the proposed BID in early 2023 and, should the vote be successful, then the Culture Mile BID will join the four existing BIDs in the City and ‘go live’ in April next year. The new BID would enable more cross-sector collaboration projects, such as Creative Exchange. Businesses across the area are currently being consulted on the issues they would like the new BID to focus on. Early supporters of the plans state a BID for the Culture Mile will “support the City’s ongoing recovery from the pandemic, create a world-class destination for residents, workers and visitors to the City, alongside building a sense of community for people living and working within the area.” Ruth Duston, Managing Director of regeneration consultancy Primera, said: “Across London, BIDs are demonstrating they are a positive force for good, giving business communities a real say in the future shape of their area. “The Culture Mile BID presents a huge opportunity, helping to attract visitors and workers alike, bolstering the offer of the City of London and cementing its reputation as a global economic powerhouse.” Ace rooftop bars P14-15 Spotlight on Stockholm P18 Q&A with Will Gompertz P20

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