At Dudley Council, we understand residents and visitors will have concerns about the coronavirus. The situation is changing rapidly as we find out more about the virus. The council is monitoring the situation closely and coordinating with Public Health England. We are taking all possible steps to keep people safe.
Latest national advice
- People should stay at home
- People should only leave the house for the following reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine. This must be as infrequent as possible
- For one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk or cycle – this must be alone or with members of your household
- For any medical need or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
- When leaving the house, people must follow social distancing guidelines
- Those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks." People will have been contacted directly if this applies to them
- There should be no gatherings of more than two people in public
- All non-essential shops, businesses and community spaces should close
- People who have coronavirus symptoms are asked to self-isolate to protect others. Symptoms are either a new continuous cough (coughing repeatedly) or a high temperature where you feel hot to touch on your chest or back. If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
- Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"
In Dudley borough
In the council
All public meetings have now been cancelled and we are continuing to work with partners in the NHS, Public Health England and neighbouring councils to ensure we stay on top of delaying the spread of the virus. Please do not come to a council building or any other public place if you have any symptoms of the Coronavirus, including a new continuous cough or a high temperature.
Elected members are still working in communities across and are still available for contact. Some surgeries may be affected in line with the government’s advice on social distancing. Here’s a handy guide to who your local councillor is and how to contact them
Some of the council's services are continuing to operate as normal but staff are following government advice in limiting contact with the public wherever possible.
If you need help and advice with any council service call Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people want to help others. You can find out more information about what you can do and what support mechanisms are in place via the Dudley CVS coronavirus webpage.
With reductions in frequency across the transport network please check the latest updates before you travel.
Transport for West Midlands has suspended (from 19 March) the pre 09:30 restriction on concessionary pass travel to allow older and disabled people free travel before 9:30am so they can access any shops that are opening earlier for them. This only applies to those within our West Midlands Network area and is only available on bus and tram, not rail.
Please bear in mind the Government's advice regarding staying at home, if it's absolutely necessary to travel please observe social distancing.