We understand people will have concerns about Covid-19. Please see below national and local advice:
Sandwell has a restriction level of: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
Latest national restrictions which affect Sandwell and the wider West Midlands:
– You must stay in your house unless you have a reasonable excuse not to.
This includes essential shopping, working (where you can’t work from home), education and medical reasons.
– You may exercise on your own, or with one other person, once a day.
When doing so, you should ensure you maintain social distancing requirements.
– Do not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble.
This applies both at home or in a public place, but excludes the workplace.
– If you need to travel for any reason then you should stay local.
You should not travel out of, or in to, a tier 4 area and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
– Non-essential retail and hospitality venues should close.
This includes most leisure facilities, gym’s and theatres. Restaurants and pubs can only sell food for consumption off the premises via delivery services, click-and-collect or drive-through until 11pm.
– Most forms of education will move online including all schools and colleges.
Early years provisions can remain open, as can Universities however non-essential lectures should be moved online where possible.
More detailed information can be found at gov.uk.
Local testing sites make it easier for everyone to get a free Coronavirus test. This means more local people can get tested quickly and stop the spread of the virus.
There are two types of test – lateral flow tests and swab tests – available in Sandwell borough.
1. Lateral flow tests give rapid results (within 30 minutes) and are available at certain sites across the borough. They exist to find asymptomatic carriers of the virus and should only be used by residents with NO SYMPTOMS of Covid-19. Walk in appointments are not available and tests must be booked in advance using the online system.
A positive result from a lateral flow test will be confirmed by a PCR test, however you should self-isolate immediately after getting your result, even if you have no symptoms.
2. Swab (or PCR) tests should be used by people who HAVE SYMPTOMS of Covid-19. Anyone with symptoms can register for a test which can be conducted at one of the borough’s testing site, or a kit can be sent out to you to use at home. Tests must be booked in advance by calling 119 or going to nhs.uk/coronavirus.
If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, you should self-isolate IMMEDIATELY, even if you haven’t taken a test.
- If you’ve tested positive and you have symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you’ve tested positive and you have not had symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.
If you get symptoms while you’re self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from when your symptoms started.
Our Charity is proud to be working with the Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG and the NHS to host a local vaccine service at the Brasshouse Community Centre. Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services, including the first Vaccination Centres within Community Facilities like ours. People who are eligible and who live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.