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Updated Covid-19 safety information

New Covid-19 restrictions have been brought in by the Government.

  • Face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings and on public transport including taxis. Read the full list of settings where this applies. This is the law.
  • Office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • Certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. Get your NHS Covid Pass.
  • People who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with Covid-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Unvaccinated adults are not eligible for this new daily testing policy, they must self-isolate if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19 – Omicron or not – unless eligible for an existing workplace daily contact testing.
  • All international arrivals must take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. If your test result is positive, you will need to isolate. This is the law.
  • Self-isolation rules have changed. Check when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

You must wear a face covering if you visit public areas of Sandwell Council buildings, including our local offices and libraries.

Some people will be exempt from wearing face coverings, due to their health or circumstances.

The Government has also issued travel advice for travelling abroad from England and travel to England from another country.

What you can do to help

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

We can all help reduce the risks and protect our community by following these eight actions. Please do all you can to keep yourself, your loved ones and others safe.

You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.

Free rapid lateral flow tests are available to everyone without symptoms.

Face coverings

Advice on where you must wear a face covering and in what types of places or situations you must wear one.

Further information

Got symptoms? Book a test now.

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