Coronavirus

Advice and Information

Dudley Council the historic capital of the Black Country
Dudley Skyline

Dudley Council is working closely with Public Health England to stop the spread of coronavirus, but we need you to play your part, protect our borough and help us avoid a local lockdown. We are updating these webpages regularly with the latest national advice and guidance and key local information.

Play your part, protect Dudley borough - help us avoid a local lockdown!

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test.

Coronavirus symptoms: 

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you develop symptoms - you need to do two things:

  1. You and anyone in your household must immediately self-isolate until you receive the results of your test.
  2. You need to order a test immediately. You can do this online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you don’t have access to the internet.

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 14 days. Government information on self-isolation.

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.

Staying alert remains critical. Coronavirus hasn't gone away:

Coronavirus FAQs on what you can and can't do

Limits on the number of people you can see socially are changing. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.

From 14 September - when the new rules apply - it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. 

More advice on meeting others safely

From next Friday (18 September) the hospitality sector will be required to ask for contact details of customers, visitors and staff on behalf of NHS Test and Trace. If you do not provide these details you may be refused entry.

Play your part, protect Dudley borough – help us avoid a local lockdown: Councillor Patrick Harley

Coronavirus hasn’t gone away. In Dudley borough we are taking all possible steps to keep people safe and we need all residents to play their part and help us avoid a local lockdown. View more videos from our residents on YouTube.

Foreign Travel advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.  

However Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice.

When you return to the UK you will have to complete  a passenger locator form.

You may also be required to self isolate for 14 days  when you return irrespective as to whether you have symptoms or not.

  • Get ready to show your passenger locator form, even if you are arriving from a Travel Corridor country
  • Only a limited number of people are exempt from completing the passenger locator form
  • Be prepared to self-isolate if you’ve visited or made a ‘transit stop’ in the previous 14 days in any country that is not on the Travel Corridor list.
  • If you are required to self-isolate, head straight home. Only use public transport if you have no other option

For more information go the government website.

NHS video - How to wash your hands

Reporting non-compliance

Non-compliance

From next Friday (18 September) the hospitality sector will be required to ask for contact details of customers, visitors and staff on behalf of NHS Test and Trace. If you do not provide these details you may be refused entry.

 

Reporting business non-compliance

If you are concerned a business is in breach of the coronavirus measures you can report this via the online form or by calling Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345.

 

Reporting face covering non-compliance

Premises where face coverings are required should take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law. If individuals refuse to comply it may result as a police matter and a fine

Masks and face coverings

It is mandatory to wear a face covering in public indoor settings, including public transport, shops and supermarkets - unless you are exempt for health, age or equality reasons.

In August, the list of places where it is mandatory to wear a face covering was extended considerably, to include cinemas, concert halls, community centres, and places of worship.  For the full list visit the government website.

Your face covering must cover your nose and mouth at all times.

Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, which remains an important action.

Children under the age of 11 do not have to wear face coverings. Children under the age of 3 must not wear face coverings as there is a risk of suffocation

Link to the guidance for face coverings

 

Coronavirus myth busters

There's a lot of information out there about coronavirus and not all of it is true.

How do you know if what you’re seeing or hearing is fact or fiction? Most importantly, get your information from reputable sources.

The World Health Organisation has put together useful information which debunks some common misconceptions about COVID-19.

Face covering exemption card

It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets unless you are exempt for health, age or equality reasons.  

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

Link to gov.uk exemption card and badge. 

This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law.

Who is eligible to be exempt from wearing a face covering?

You are exempt from wearing a face covering if you:

  • Are aged 11 and below (children under the age of three must not wear face coverings or masks, they are potentially dangerous and can cause choking and suffocation.)

  • Have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability which makes wearing, putting on or removing difficult

  • Will suffer severe distress when putting on/wearing or removing

  • Are providing assistance to someone relying upon lip reading to communicate

Link to the guidance for face coverings.