Coronavirus: support for Sandwell businesses

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic 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 frequently.

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Home working
For employees
For self-employed people
For businesses: general information
For businesses: grants and finance
Workplace safety
For Sandwell’s community and voluntary sector
Local support: giving and receiving
Mental health and wellbeing
Recovery for Sandwell

On Monday 22 February, the government published its roadmap out of the current lockdown for England, outlining the earliest dates by which current Covid-19 restrictions may be eased.

In the meantime, the main message of the current lockdown (which started on Monday 4 January) is ‘stay at home’. Here is what you can and cannot do.

Continue to follow guidance on handwashing, face coverings, social distancing, and getting tested and self-isolating if you have symptoms.

Please go shopping by yourself if you can – ideally one person per household.

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 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 ten 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 or call 119.

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