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Local restrictions in Sandwell

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Updated 5 January 2021

The Government has announced that Sandwell and the whole of England is under national lockdown.

This means you must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You may only leave your home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare (only for children who are eligible)

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half-term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the area where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work. Find out more about shielding for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Full details of what national lockdown means and how it will affect you are on the Government website.

It is hoped these measures will help to address infections rates in Sandwell and across England. We are doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable residents.

Further information

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