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.
Changes on 17 May
From Step 3, on 17 May, gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be 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 will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be 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 will be able to 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 will be 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 will no longer be limited to 30 people but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.
Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
Meeting family and friends
From 17 May 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 friends and family outdoors
From 17 May, outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people.
There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be 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
The rules for care home residents receiving visitors will change, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19. Residents will also have more opportunities to make visits out with no need to self-isolate when they return.
All higher education students will be able to access in-person teaching.
Parent and child groups
Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits will increase 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 £100 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum 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 Indian variant have been identified in Dudley borough - stay vigilant and continue following government guidelines.