Dudley Council is working closely with Public Health England to stop the spread of coronavirus, but we need you to play your part and protect our borough.
Roadmap out of lockdown
The Government has published a roadmap out of lockdown. People in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.
Changes on 12 April
Step 2, on 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.
Meeting family and friends
You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless they are part of your support bubble (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.
Meeting friends and family outdoors (rule of 6)
You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either:
- in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
- in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
If you’re in a support bubble
If you are eligible to form a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others outdoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the group is more than 6 people.
If you break the rules
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
Information from West Midlands Police.
Symptoms and advice
Play your part, protect Dudley borough
Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), should isolate immediately and get a free test.
Coronavirus symptoms, ANY of the following:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
You should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and book a test online or by calling 119.
Do you have other symptoms?
Some Dudley borough residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 have displayed other symptoms. Though these are not the COVID symptoms, we would like to encourage residents to get tested as a precaution:
- aches and pains
- feeling very tired for no good reason
- sore throat
- runny nose
- tummy ache in children.
When booking coronavirus test online, select the below option on the COVID test booking form:
- My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms
If you have any of these other symptoms you do not need to isolate unless you have a positive test result.
Results of your test
NHS Test and Trace service will contact you with your results. If your test is positive you must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone in your household must continue to self-isolate for a total of 10 days from when your symptoms started also. If anyone in your household develops symptoms then the 10 days restarts from when they develop symptoms and they should also get a test. More information on self-isolation including if someone in your bubble tests positive.
Please view a helpful illustration of stay at home guidance.
If your test is negative you and everyone in your household no longer needs to self-isolate. However, if you do still feel unwell you should remain at home until you feel better.
If you test positive you will need to tell the NHS Test and Trace service who you have been in close and recent contact with around the time you noticed symptoms.
Doing this can stop the spread of infection and save lives. Rest assured that when the service contacts people to advise them to self-isolate, they do not tell them your identity. Together we can control the spread of the virus and protect people and livelihoods.
If you have had a positive COVID test – Support in Dudley
Dudley Council offer welfare checks for those who test positive for COVID-19. If you have a positive test during this time please read advice in our welfare letter below.
Managing COVID at home
If you are at home isolating with COVID-19 there’s some helpful advice on how to manage your symptoms on the NHS website.
Reducing household transmission
If you are self-isolating because of coronavirus, there are things you can do to reduce the chances of spreading any infection to the people you live with. More on reducing household transmission.
Staying alert remains critical. Coronavirus hasn't gone away.
- Regular hand washing is still vital
- Keep a safe distance from others
(two metres where possible)
- Continue to limit your contact with other people
- Wear face coverings to protect yourself and others
- Remember HANDS, FACE, SPACE
- A support bubble is when an adult who lives on their own joins one other household of any size.
- All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight without needing to stay 2 metres apart.
- Once you have formed your support bubble you can’t change who’s in it.
- If anyone in your support bubble develops symptoms of coronavirus or tests positive for coronavirus then everyone in the bubble will need to self-isolate.
Young people play their part
The role young people play in the fight against coronavirus is vital. Everyone can be affected by COVID-19, but we know it’s worse for older or vulnerable people.
Our new local Hands. Face. Space campaign has been designed with the help of local young people, and will roll out across secondary schools, colleges and digital platforms including Snapchat and TikTok.
We can all play our part in Dudley by following HANDS, FACE, SPACE. That means washing our hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds, wearing face coverings that cover our nose and mouth and keeping distance from others – 2 meters where we can.
We know it’s a weird time and we’re being asked to do difficult things, but we need to help keep the people we care about and the rest of Dudley borough safe.
Together we can make a difference and help save lives.