Coronavirus - advice and information

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Local restrictions announced

Local restrictions are in force in Sandwell. Find out more about local restrictions.

Stay at home if you are told to self isolate

The Government has now brought in fines – starting at £1,000 – for people who fail to self-isolate when they are instructed to.

If you are told you must self-isolate because you’ve tested positive for Covid-19 or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has, that means:

  • no trips to the shops
  • no walks or exercising in the park
  • no meeting up with friends

It's so important to stay at home to protect others and stop the spread of the virus. For people on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result, you will soon be able to apply for a payment of £500 if you are required by law to self-isolate.

Current advice

  • Sandwell has a very high rate of coronavirus infections. COVID-19 is a potentially fatal illness. Everyone must do what they can to avoid becoming infected and passing on the virus to others. Avoid social gatherings, make sure you keep your distance from others, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and other enclosed spaces. 

  • Do not have visitors to your home. This includes extended family and friends.  Only accept visitors into your home for essential purposes - such as to provide care.

  • 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. If you have symptoms, however mild, get tested immediately by booking a test online or calling 119.     

  • All businesses have a responsibility to ensure COVID-19 safety measures are followed such as social distancing and face coverings where appropriate. Businesses not following the rules face being shut down. Customers are advised only to use businesses that are following the rules. Any concerns can be reported to the council's public health team.

We really need people to follow this important advice to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Check out the Healthy Sandwell website for advice for businesses and reporting a Covid-19 concern.

Sign up to get regular email updates from the council on Covid-19 and other topics.

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).

Keep up to date with the latest Sandwell news

Check out the latest information on our news page.

The tip at Shidas Lane is open every day, 8am - 4pm - booking only

Only visit if it's absolutely essential and read about changes to the tip's operation before you go. From July 6 you must book an appointment to visit the tip. Book your appointment now.

Advice for faith settings (churches, temples, mosques etc)

Please read specific advice for faith settings

Cemeteries 

Cemeteries are open from 9am to 7pm each day. Please do not gather in groups - you must keep 2 metres away from anyone not from your household. Find out more about funeral services during the current coronavirus outbreak.

Funerals, weddings and register office appointments

Find out more about changes to funerals, weddings and register office appointments.

Support if you're hearing impaired

Our friends Sandwell Deaf Community Association are continuing to deliver their services - contact them on 07885 913225 or by email communication@sdca.co.uk

Staying well

Here's some advice from Healthy Sandwell on staying well at home.

Leisure centres and gyms

For more information about the opening of gyms and leisure centres visit the Sandwell Leisure Trust and West Bromwich Leisure Centre websites.

Trading standards advice

We've issued advice from our trading standards team on scams and price hiking.

  • Do not open the door to anyone claiming to offer testing for coronavirus. 
  • Do not to give money to strangers knocking doors and asking for cash upfront to do shopping for people who are self-isolating. Ask a family member, friend or neighbour, or seek help if you are self-isolating without anyone to help.
  • Stay alert to email scams – such as those asking you to renew their TV Licence online.

For more information visit the Coronavirus scams webpage.

Help for businesses

You'll also find details of help for businesses on our Think Sandwell website.

Government coronavirus advice

See all government advice in one place here.

Make sure you check our coronavirus homepage for links to the latest information from the council and the NHS.

Please - if you are online use our online services to request something or report a problem. Create a MySandwell account and use it to keep track of your requests.

This frees up our phonelines to help people without access to the internet, who are among some of the most vulnerable.

Details of emergency help from the council 

We've issued advice for people who have no family, friends or neighbours and who are in urgent need of support.

We're also creating a list of helpful community groups who are offering assistance to people in isolation.

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms - check the latest NHS advice

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for ten days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

Social distancing - check the latest Government advice

This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). People who are at increased risk of severe illness should particularly follow the advice on social distancing.

Check the advice on social distancing.

Medical advice on coronavirus is available on the NHS website.