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.
England remains in Step 3
The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap. Most Step 3 restrictions remain in place. Some restrictions will change on 21 June.
Changes from 21 June
From 21 June, there will be changes to the rules on:
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
- Commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
- Large events pilots
- Care home visits
- Domestic residential visits for children
Please see information on current restrictions below, detailed guidance on these changes can be found on the government coronavirus webpage.
Outdoor gatherings are currently limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
You no longer have to stay 2m apart from family and friends, but you are encouraged to exercise caution to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
Organised indoor sport can take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
All holiday accommodation is open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
Continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.
Funeral attendance is no longer limited to 30 people but is determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.
Weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events from 21 June
From 21 June, the rules on the number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership ceremony, a wedding reception or civil partnership celebration, and a commemorative event following a funeral such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering, will change.
The number of people who can attend these events in a COVID-Secure venue or other venue (such as a garden of a private home) will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.
A marquee or other structure in a private garden of a private home must have at least 50% of its walled area open at any time for it to be classed as “outdoors”, and for the limit based on safe capacity to apply.
Inside private homes, and in enclosed structures in gardens of private homes, weddings can only be held in line with broader social contact rules of up to 6 people or 2 households, except in the case of an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover (‘deathbed weddings’). These can take place in private dwellings with up to 30 people.
Some restrictions on these events will remain in place to enable them to take place safely. This includes table service requirements, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing, as at present.
For those organising weddings in gardens of private homes or on private land, you will need to make your chosen venue as safe as possible. If you plan on having more than 30 people, you must complete a COVID-19 risk assessment to determine how many attendees will be able to attend, and follow Government guidance to make the event as safe as possible. Guidance on how to complete the risk assessment will be provided.
Please see government guidance for more information.
Overnight trips for out-of-school groups from 21 June
From 21 June, out-of-school settings can organise domestic residential visits for children in consistent groups of up to 30 children. This replaces the current limit of 6 people or 2 households.
Please see government guidance for more information.
Meeting family and friends
You can have indoor gatherings of 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
You can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance from family and friends, but you should still be cautious. Close contact, including hugging, increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.
Meeting family and friends outdoors
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people.
There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There is a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
Care home residents
Care home residents can now have up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19. Residents also have more opportunities to make visits out with no need to self-isolate when they return.
From 21 June, for visits in to care homes, all care home residents will be able to nominate an essential care giver. These essential care givers will be able to visit the care home resident, even if the resident is isolating.
From 21 June, in most cases, residents who go on a visit out of a care home will no longer need to isolate for 14 days when they return. Residents returning from some higher risk visits out of the care home, such as an overnight stay in hospital, will still be required to isolate. Decisions on risk will be made following a risk assessment by the care home for each visit out.
Please see government guidance for more information.
All higher education students can access in-person teaching.
Parent and child groups
Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits are limited to 30 people (not including under 5s).
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. You can be fined £800 if you go to a private indoor gathering such as a house party of over 15 people from outside your household, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level 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.
Variants of Covid-19
A very small number of cases of the variant first identified in India, have been identified in Dudley borough - stay vigilant and continue following government guidelines.