Updated Covid-19 safety information
- 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.
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.
- Get your Covid-19 jabs as soon as you can – make sure you get both doses and get your booster as soon as you are eligible. The vaccine is your best defence against the virus. Book your Covid-19 vaccinations online. Please also get a flu jab this winter if you are eligible.
- You must self-isolate and get a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms. This is the law.
- Use rapid (lateral flow) tests regularly and especially before periods of high risk (such as visiting someone who is vulnerable, or being in a crowded indoor space).
Get lateral flow tests.
- You must wear a face covering in most indoor places and on public transport as well as when visiting NHS buildings, other health settings and council buildings. Please also wear one in communal areas of flats.
- Keep washing your hands regularly.
- Remember, outside is safest for meet-ups.
- You must still self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test and Trace. Find out how self-isolation rules have changed.
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.
- Check the latest Covid-19 infection rates in Sandwell
- Get a rapid test to see if you have Covid-19 without symptoms
- Advice for shops and businesses
- Find out about Covid-19 and measures in schools