Coronavirus: Latest information and advice 

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COVID-19 information

The information on this page is based on the best available information Walsall Council has received from central government and from scientific and health experts. As we are dealing with an ever evolving situation things may change rapidly. We would ask the public to keep checking for information updates as and when they are published.
 

We're working with partners across the borough including the NHS, Public Health England and other public sector organisations, to plan our response and make sure our residents are well informed.

You should follow the NHS and Public Health England guidance if you have any concerns about COVID-19.

You can also read answers to some of the most commonly asked questions on the NHS website.

 

 

Latest Walsall Council news updates

 

 

Financial support for Walsall residents

As the impact of coronavirus is felt across the UK, you may have concerns about how it could affect you and your family. Walsall Council is looking to proactively support residents to minimise the financial impact of the outbreak.

If the income in your household has been affected by the coronavirus, we have put support in place to help with a loss or reduction in earnings/income which may affect your ability to pay your household bills.

 

What help can Walsall Council provide?

 

 

Supporting vulnerable residents  

The council is closely following guidance from Public Health England to ensure that the people we support are protected and cared for safely in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. We are making available up to date guidance for our service users, providers, social care settings and staff to reduce the spread of the virus and to make sure that we are doing everything we can to safeguard those in our care.

 

Information about social care services 

 

 

Translated COVID-19 guidance and accessible formats

For translated coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance as well as to guidance in alternative formats produced by Public Health England, including easy read, large print, British Sign Language and audio. 

 

Links to translated guidance and alternative formats

 

 

Supporting children and families 

The coronavirus emergency has resulted in a number of significant changes to our daily lives, including the lives of children and young people.The information and links on this page aim to support parents, carers, children and families during this period. 

 

Tips, resources and support for children and families

 

 

Advice for businesses

The UK Government and local authorities are committed to do all they can to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. 

In Walsall, the council's Employment Growth Team provide support and advice to local businesses. 

 

Help for businesses  

 

 

Disruption to our services and facilities

On Monday 23 March the prime minister announced steps to further reduce the amount of face to face contact that people have with each other through socialising.  

Walsall Council has already closed many of its public facing buildings such as libraries, leisure centres, the New Art Gallery, the Leather Museum and Walsall Arena and Arts Centre. The following closures and restrictions are also in place:

 

  • The Council House will remain open with additional measures in relation to social distancing
  • The Town Hall remains closed and all events have been cancelled until further notice
  • Our MOT service at the Brownhills Depot is now closed to the public 
  • The Arboretum Visitor Centre is now closed to the public 
  • The Civic Centre’s First Stop Shop is now closed to the public. Customers can still access council information and systems using online and telephone services
  • Household Waste Recycling Centres (both Merchants Way in Aldridge and Fryers Road sites) are closed until further notice
  • Collection of garden waste (brown) bins postponed until further notice 
  • All Walsall borough playgrounds are closed until further notice, all parks and green spaces require people to stay two metres apart from others at all times in accordance with national guidance on social distancing
  • All Walsall markets (Walsall Town Centre, Willenhall and Bloxwich) are closed.

 

See all changes to services and events

 

 

Social distancing 

Public Health England has emphasised that the single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

On Monday 23 March, the prime minister announced strict social distancing guidelines for the whole of the UK.

 

Social distancing – what this means for you

 

Public Health guidance: looking after your health and wellbeing

On this page you will find the latest updates from the council's Director of Public Health as well as links to national public information, advice and guidance. Because of the continuously changing situation, this page and links will be updated regularly so please check for the most up to date information.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health information and advice

 

 

Information about schools 

The prime minister announced on 18 March 2020 that all schools in England will be closed from Friday 20 March 2020. It is not yet known when they will reopen.

 

Information about measures in schools

 

 

Ways you can help or access help

You can access help while you're in social isolation or volunteer to help others at the link below.

 

Find out about how to volunteer

 

 

Other useful links 

Links to COVID-19 information and updates from West Midlands Police, Transport for West Midlands, utility providers and others, as well as information and warnings about COVID-19 scams circulating. 

 

Other useful information for Walsall residents