Coronavirus: support for Sandwell businesses

The outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus has affected every area of people’s lives. We are thinking about you. Think Sandwell wants you to have up-to-date information from credible sources, so we are reviewing these pages daily.

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For employees
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For businesses: general information
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COVID-19 impact survey
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Local support: giving and receiving
Mental health and wellbeing
Re-opening and returning safely to work
Recovery for Sandwell

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New government restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 apply in Sandwell from Tuesday 15 September. Learn about the new restrictions as shared by Sandwell Council, or published by the government (Friday 11 September): Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull: local restrictions.

In brief:
* You must not allow people you don’t live with in your home or garden.
* You must not visit people you do not live with – inside or outside Sandwell.
* Only essential visits inside homes, such as by carers, will be allowed.
* The new restrictions will be law and you could be fined for breaking them.
* The new restrictions will not affect schools, transport or workplaces.

Please also continue to follow rules on handwashing, face coverings, social distancing, and getting tested and self-isolating if you have symptoms. Do not leave your home if you have symptoms (a new, continuous cough, a temperature or a change or loss of your sense of taste or smell).

You must:
* Wash your hands regularly
* Not get close to people who are not from your household – keep at least one metre away, two metres is safer
* Wear a face covering in shops and on public transport.

Businesses are urged to limit the spread by reporting new cases in the workplace to Sandwell Council (on top of any existing reporting requirements).

You can see the government’s SHARE Checklist to help avoid the spread of disinformation.

And here is Sandwell’s COVID-19 outbreak plan, drawn up through joint working across several organisations, including Sandwell Council, Public Health England, local NHS trusts and Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector.

Immediate health concerns

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Here is the latest NHS advice on what to do if you have (or someone you care for has) symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus.

The government has also published specific health advice around the COVID-19 coronavirus infection.

Here is the latest government guidance on coronavirus testing: who is eligible and the different kinds of tests available.