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.
- 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:
- You and anyone in your household must immediately self-isolate until you receive the results of your test.
- 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.
- Regular hand washing is still vital
- Keep a safe distance from others (2 metres where possible)
- Continue to limit your contact with other people
- Wear face coverings over your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others
- Remember HANDS, FACE, SPACE
- More advice on what you can do to reduce transmission of the virus
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.
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.