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Avoid a local lockdown in Sandwell

avoid lockdown updated


Due to high numbers of Covid-19 cases, everyone in Sandwell is asked to follow this advice to avoid a local lockdown.

Please help avoid a lockdown in Sandwell:

  • Do not have non-essential visitors in your home
  • Get tested and self-isolate 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

Please read specific advice for faith settings


Following a review of coronavirus safety advice on 7 August 2020, based on local evidence and government advice, we would now advise that people who are shielding in Sandwell do not need to continue to do so.

But we strongly urge people to continue to follow all the government advice on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Remember – infection rates change quickly and we have to stay incredibly vigilant.

Sandwell Council strongly recommends the following advice:

Do NOT have non-essential visitors inside your home

We know that Covid-19 spreads more easily indoors. So, while infection rates remain high, we really strongly recommend that people across Sandwell do not have visitors to their home, except for those within their ‘social bubble’ and essential visits by those providing care and support. 

Continue to follow rules on handwashing, face coverings, social distancing and testing

We also need people to continue washing their hands regularly, wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport, to social distance from other people and – most importantly – to get a test and self-isolate if you have symptoms.

We really need people to follow this important advice. By working together we can do our best to avoid lockdown in Sandwell.

Care homes

Advice on care home visits remains that they should remain closed to visits except for window visits and special arrangements for end of life visits. 

The current level of infection in care homes is not at a level at which the advice on visits can change.

Care home residents are some of the most vulnerable in the community and care home outbreaks present a significant risk of severe illness and death. 

Further announcements will be made by the council as the situation develops.

Emergency help

Anyone in need of urgent help or assistance should visit our emergency help webpage. If you urgently need help or support and you have no family or neighbours to help you, please call 0121 569 2266 (option 2).