Local restrictions in Sandwell

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New Government lockdown restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are in force across the whole of England until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific reasons.

You must stay at home as much as possible. Do not leave your home unless it’s absolutely essential that you go out.

Reasons you can leave your home include:

  • To go to work if you cannot work from home.
  • For education (school, college or university), training or childcare.
  • To buy things from shops that are open, to collect items ordered through click-and-collect or takeaway, to obtain or deposit money or to access critical public services.
  • To visit people in your support bubble or to provide childcare for children aged 13 and under as part of a childcare bubble.
  • For medical appointments, to get tested for COVID-19, to avoid harm and for compassionate visits to someone who is dying.
  • To exercise with people from your household or support bubble, or to meet one other person from outside your household for exercise outdoors.

There are some other limited circumstances for which you can leave home – check the full list on the Government website.

COVID-19 rates are very high in Sandwell. You can see the latest figures for Sandwell on our Covid-19 data webpage.

Hospital admissions and deaths are increasing rapidly.

You must not have visitors to your home except for essential carers. You cannot meet with people you do not live with in a garden.

Fines will be given to anyone not following these lockdown restrictions.

Certain businesses including pubs, bars and cafes (with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway), non-essential retailers, hairdressers and beauty salons must close. Check the government website for further details of the businesses that must close.

Frequently asked questions

I am clinically extremely vulnerable – what do I do? Do I need to return to shielding?
Please check the government guidance for people who are extremely clinically vulnerable and what they need to do.
If you need help because you are clinically extremely vulnerable, or because you are self-isolating and you don't have anyone to help you, please get in touch.

Are schools still open?
Schools, colleges and universities remain open.

Can children of separated parents travel between two different homes?
People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart.

What about childcare?
Registered childcare such as nurseries and childminders can continue to operate.
People can also provide informal childcare (such as for grandchildren) to children aged 13 and under in one other household. Read the government advice about childcare.

Can I meet with family and friends?
You must not meet with anyone indoors who you do not live with (unless they are in with your support bubble).
You are permitted to meet with one person outside your household for exercise.
The rule of 6 no longer applies and you should not leave your home unless it’s absolutely essential.

Can I travel outside Sandwell?
You should only leave your home for school/education purposes, for work if you can’t work from home, or for other essential purposes such as shopping.

Can I go on holiday?
You must not go on holiday or travel to a second home. Overnight stays and holidays away from the place you usually live are not allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK.

Are cemeteries open? Can funerals still happen?
Cremation and funeral services will still go ahead. Only close family and friends should attend someone’s funeral. Cemeteries and crematoria will continue to remain open.
We can accommodate up to 30 mourners in the chapel at Sandwell Valley Crematorium and 20 at Rowley Regis Crematorium. No more than 30 mourners should attend burials in our cemeteries and they must observe social distancing. Go to our bereavement services webpages for more details.

Can weddings still happen? Is the register office open?
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies are not permitted except in exceptional circumstances. Appointments for registering a birth, death or giving notice of marriage will continue to be provided. Individual virtual citizenship ceremonies will also continue. Go to our Register Office webpages for further details.

Are council offices open?
Council offices remain closed – services continue to be provided over the phone and online. Report a problem online.

Is the tip open?
The tip is open 8am-4pm every day. You must book a slot before you go to the tip and you must keep your distance from others when you get there. Book a slot at the tip.

Are libraries open?
Some libraries are open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect of books and other items. Check our libraries webpages for more details.

Are leisure centres open?
Under the government restrictions, leisure centres in Sandwell are closed. Check the Sandwell Leisure Trust and West Bromwich Leisure Centre websites for updates.

Are Forge Mill and Sandwell Park farms open?
Our farms have had to close to visitors under the new Government restrictions. Anyone with a booking for Forge Mill Farm for 5 November 2020 or later will be contacted by email.