Coronavirus: support for Sandwell businesses

The continuing impact of Covid-19 coronavirus is affecting 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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Recovery for Sandwell

England is under national lockdown restrictions. Here is government information on the current restrictions which began on Thursday 5 November – including what they mean for business closures. You can download an official poster detailing the restrictions from the government website.

Update on Thursday 26 November:
From Wednesday 2 December, the West Midlands will be a Tier 3 region, meaning we are on ‘very high alert’ for Covid-19. This is what you need to know about Tier 3.

Here are downloadable and printable government posters, explaining the tier restrictions.

You can learn more in the government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan.

Please continue to follow guidance 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, on public transport, in taxis and in enclosed spaces.

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

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.

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 isolate for at least 10 days. Everyone in the household also needs to self-isolate for 14 days. 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.

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