Coronavirus

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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. We are updating these web pages regularly with the latest national advice and guidance and key local information.

For supported living

Guidance for supported living

For staff in the transport sector

Guidance for people who work in the transport sector including general advice, precautions and guidance on the assessment and management of arrivals.

 

For residents with pets and livestock

Updated advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals, with information about a confirmed case of coronavirus in a cat in England.

The update emphasises that this is a very rare event. There is no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans.

There is also no evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is circulating between animals, including both pets and food-producing animals in the UK.

To find out more, visit the government's guidance.

Allotments

In general, you must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person. You should minimise time spent outside your home.

The government have identified allotments as an 'outdoor space' that you can legally visit.

See Government guidance for more information

Car sharing

It is difficult to socially distance during car journeys. You should avoid sharing a car with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing.

The advice for the public is to:

  • try not to share a vehicle with those outside their household or support bubble. If this is not possible, share the transport with the same people each time
  • open the windows for ventilation
  • wear a face covering for the duration of the journey
  • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
  • clean the car between journeys including door handles and other areas people may touch

This guidance is for personal family owned cars. See government guidance for more information

 

Taxis and private hire vehicles have their own guidance and regulations.

Home moving during the Coronavirus outbreak

Government advice on home moving during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This advice applies to people moving into homes in England.

Foreign travel

If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK. 

Government travel requirements

 

Reporting non-compliance

Non-compliance

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 a breach of social restrictions

To report a breach of social restrictions, such seven or more people gathering in one area or people not wearing face coverings when they should, complete the West Midlands Police reporting breach of restrictions online form.

Coronavirus mythbusters

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.

Masks and face coverings

 

Guidance on face coverings, when to wear one, exemptions and how to make your own.

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.

If you use disposable face masks, please note that they are non recyclable.  Please throw away in your household waste and not within your recycling bags.  to find out more about disposal visit the recycling webpage.

 

Face covering exemptions

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. 

Many people are deciding to wear the 'hidden disability' lanyard, which is available from participating supermarkets. 

Using an exemption card/lanyard 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