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COVID-19 information

Current government COVID-19 guidelines in place:

From Monday 29 March:

  • Groups of either up to to six people (‘The rule of 6’) or of any size from up to two households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible) can meet outdoors, including private gardens
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and open-air swimming pools will also reopen and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people
  • Childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children
  • Formally organised parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under five will not be not counted in this number
  • The ‘stay at home’ rule will no longer be in place; however many restrictions will remain. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme.

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Government COVID-19 guidelines in place from 12 April

Further easing of COVID restrictions in line with Step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown will see the following in place from Monday 12 April 2021:  

  • non-essential retail permitted to open
  • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons permitted to open
  • Public buildings including libraries and community centres reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen with table service only
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed (indoors and outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place (indoors and outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 are not counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit). Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people and must take place outdoors but not in private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

There is no change to the following restrictions:

  • You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless they are part of your support bubble (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.
  • You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6) or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
  • You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.
  • You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible.
  • You must continue to wear face coverings in shops, on buses and trains and in most public indoor spaces unless you are exempt.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get a test and stay at home.

 See the full government guidance

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Thank you to social workers on Social Work Day 2021

Thank you to social workers on Social Work Day 2021
Published on 16 March 2021 Print

A massive thank you is extended to Social Workers in the borough as World Social Work Day 2021 is marked today, Tuesday 16 March 2021.

Each year this day focuses on the theme of “Ubuntu*: I am because we are: strengthening social solidarity and global connectedness” developed by the International Federation of Social Workers to support and stand together with social workers across the world. The valuable work of social workers has been amplified this year, even more so, as we move through unprecedented and challenging times across the UK and across the world.

Councillor Tim Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Walsall Council said, “This year, even more so than usual, we celebrate and champion the hard work that our social workers do to support children needing social care and their families in the borough. Their job has not been made easier with the unprecedented challenges the pandemic has bought and has meant that they have suitably adapted and been flexible to the needs of those most vulnerable. This is a unique opportunity to offer our thanks and encourage those considering a career in social work to get involved.”

Councillor Rose Martin, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Walsall Council said, “Social work is a challenging profession at the best of times, however in midst of a global pandemic our social work teams have risen to the challenge, adapted to new ways of working and continue to provide high quality, cohesive and flexible social care support, much needed by those vulnerable people in the borough. They have worked with families with kindness, humility and compassion. It has been a challenging time requiring a collective effort across the council to support new ways of working. This has included ensuring that legal and professional duties are fulfilled and the exploration of new ways of meeting the practical challenges faced in a pandemic situation, especially by embracing digital and virtual technologies. Thank you for your continued hard work and efforts.”

This week, teams in adult social care have been given opportunities to meet with the Director of Adult Social Care and Principal Social worker to reflect on the social worker role, on the practice of social work and share learning from national events.

In Children’s Social Care, teams are holding a Social Work Breakfast for staff to connect and share experiences, and to reflect on the social work role and their achievements.



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