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.
National lockdown: Stay at home
England remains under national lockdown measures. There is a new strain of Covid-19 which spreads even faster and around 1 in 3 people have no symptoms, so will be spreading the virus without realising.
The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Play your part - protect Dudley borough
Summary: What you can and cannot do during the national lockdown:
You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
As part of the Government's roadmap, face to face learning will resume on Monday 8 March. Colleges, primary and secondary schools will re-open at this time. Until then settings will only be open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children are learning remotely. Early Years settings remain open. Please make sure you are familiar with your school's plans for re-opening.
Higher Education provision will remain online unless otherwise indicated.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments (including of course vaccine appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
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.
Roadmap out of lockdown
The Government has published a roadmap out of lockdown. From 8 March, 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.
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.