A letter to parents and carers from Walsall Public Health and Walsall Council Children’s Services.
The government has announced that from 28 September 2020 there will be a legal duty on all those with a positive COVID-19 test—or those identified by NHS test and trace as a ‘close contact’ of those with a positive COVID-19 test—to self-isolate. Alongside this new legislative requirement, the government is providing funding for a new Test and Trace Support Payment scheme for people on low incomes who are unable to work while they are self-isolating because they cannot work from home. For more information, please see the help & support for Walsall residents page on our website.
25 September 2020
Following a recent public consultation and review, Walsall Council has approved an extension to its Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Walsall Town Centre. The Order, which was extended for a further three years, is now in place until 27 September 2023.
22 September 2020
Local businesses and residents of the borough are being asked to play their part in the national fight against coronavirus by downloading the NHS COVID-19 app, which is set to launch this week. The new app to support Test and Trace at businesses and venues goes live on Thursday 24 September. Certain venues, including those run by local authorities, will be legally required to display the NHS QR code before then or face fines ranging from £1,000 to £4,000 for repeat offenders.
COVID -19 is placing additional pressures on our local businesses, but we can beat this if we all play our part and follow the rules. From today (18 September) Walsall businesses and public venues must have systems in place that collect NHS Test and Trace data and to keep this information for 21 days. Supporting NHS Test and Trace is now mandatory for businesses and public venues.