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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Get your jabs as soon as you can – and make sure you get both doses plus a booster. 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.

You will need both vaccine doses to travel to many countries.

It is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Face coverings are currently mandatory in most indoor public settings.

The NHS COVID Pass scheme is necessary for certain types of venues.

You should work from home if you can.

Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outside is safer. Remember to keep your premises well ventilated to minimise the spread of the virus. Why is ventilation important?

Use rapid (lateral flow) tests twice a week. You can pick these up free from a number of pharmacies, using a collection code from the government website.

Keep washing your hands regularly.

You must self-isolate and book a PCR test if you develop symptoms.

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.

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 (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. 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.

This page was last updated in January 2022.