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.
New national government restrictions
As coronavirus cases continue to rise, new national government restrictions come into force at 00.01am on Thursday 5 November.
The new restrictions mean:
You must stay at home except for specific purposes which include:
- childcare, education or work purposes (where you absolutely cannot work from home)
- to exercise outdoors, or visit an outdoor public place (on your own, with your household,
support bubble or with one other person from another household)
- for medical reasons
- for shopping or medication as infrequently as possible
- to provide care.
You must not meet socially indoors with anyone unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
Many businesses and venues will now close. These include non-essential retail, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, personal care such as hair and beauty salons, restaurants, bars and pubs, hotels and other accommodation.
Nurseries, schools, colleges and universities will say open.
Some public services will stay open, such as the NHS and GPs.
You should avoid travelling in and out of your local area and only travel locally where absolutely essential.
Workers can retain their jobs and the furlough scheme has now been extended.
Find out more at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Remember HANDS FACE SPACE
Symptoms and advice
Play your part, protect Dudley borough
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.
If you don’t have symptoms – do not get a test
You should only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested by a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council.
You do not need to get a test if you have returned from abroad or are about to travel, you are returning to the workplace, you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You need to self-isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case but you should only get a test if you have symptoms.
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.