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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.

Find out what the rules are

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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Walsall reflects

Published on 23 March 2021 Print

Tuesday 23 March marks the anniversary of the country’s first COVID lockdown and offers us all an opportunity to reflect on what has been a year possibly like no other.

On this day last year, when the Prime Minister announced the stay at home order and the country began its first national lockdown, nobody could have foreseen what lay ahead. Since that day there have been significant changes to how we live and work and also how the council and its key partners locally have supported the borough’s most vulnerable residents. 

Today has been announced as a day of national reflection to remember those who have lost their lives to COVID. Across Walsall, over 900 lives have been lost, with families being unable to be with their loved ones at such a sensitive time or indeed able to organise funerals in a way to properly pay tribute. Thousands of families across the borough of Walsall are grieving.
 
The national day of reflection remembers those who have lost their lives and will include a minute’s silence at 12pm followed by bell tolls across the land and people are being encouraged by the Marie Curie charity to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm, with a candle, a torch, or even a phone, to signify a beacon of remembrance. 

Walsall’s Director of Public Health, Stephen Gunther, said: 

“I will be privately observing the minute’s silence at noon and reflecting quietly on the thousands of lives that have irrevocably changed across Walsall as a result of the pandemic. My thoughts are with them all.

“Whether you’re bereaved or otherwise need support, it is available. A series of free online talks organised by the Good Grief Festival is taking place, featuring experts, bereaved families and celebrities. There is also the option to speak to someone locally via Making Connections Walsall.

“While today is a time to reflect on COVID bereavements, it’s perhaps also appropriate to reflect on the incomparable voluntary and community sector in this borough for stepping up to connect people to friendly local voices.”

~ENDS~

Note to Editor

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection/talks

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/healthywalsall/HOME/News-Details-Page/making-connections-walsall

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