Coronavirus: support for Sandwell businesses

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected every area of people’s lives. Think Sandwell wants you to have up-to-date information from credible sources, so we are still reviewing these pages regularly.

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Recovery for Sandwell

On Monday 19 July we reached the final stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown for England, removing the legal requirement for social distancing and social contact restrictions. All businesses are now able to reopen.

Covid-19 has not gone away, though. It is still a deadly virus and infection rates continue to rise rapidly in Sandwell. Although most legal restrictions have been lifted, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Sandwell Council asks that you follow these eight points of advice so you can protect yourself, your loved ones and others:

  1. Get your jabs as soon as you can – and make sure you get both doses. The vaccine is your best defence against the virus. Details of vaccination clinics and centres in Sandwell from the Black COuntry and West Birmingham CCG website and the Healthy Sandwell website.
  1. You will need both vaccine doses to travel to many countries.
  1. You must self-isolate and book a PCR test if you develop symptoms.
  1. Use rapid (lateral flow) tests twice a week. You can pick these up free from a number of pharmacies.
  1. Always book a confirmatory PCR test if you test positive using a rapid test.
  1. Continue wearing a face covering in shops, on public transport, in communal areas of flats – and in all NHS buildings and other health-related settings.
  1. Keep washing your hands regularly.
  2. Remember, outside is safest for meet-ups.

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 email PHCovid19_Enquiries@sandwell.gov.uk for support at any time.

The government is suggesting a gradual return to work for those who have been temporarily working from home.
We’ve published lots more ‘Beyond Freedom Day’ ideas and suggestions for your Sandwell business.

Everyone is urged to download the NHS Covid-19 app. Here is a comprehensive page of information on using the app, from Healthy Sandwell.

Please read government’s SHARE Checklist to help avoid the spread of misleading information.

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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If someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, or has tested positive, they need to self-isolate for at least ten days. Everyone in the household also needs to self-isolate too (here’s the NHS guide on how long to self-isolate). Any person who has symptoms or tests positive must maintain their distance from others in the household.

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. You must get tested if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

The Black Country Growth Hub has a coronavirus support page with regularly updated information and resources.

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