Ahead of the exciting England Euros 2020 final this weekend, Walsall Council is urging people to carry out symptom-free tests before meeting up with friends and family.
With dismal weather forecast for Sunday driving thousands of people to watch the game indoors, the council is reminding residents of the importance of symptom-free tests and a well-ventilated space while watching the game.
Symptom-free testing is available all weekend between 7am and 3.30pm at the Saddlers Shopping Centre, near to the vaccination centre. Alternatively home testing kits can be collected from 70 pharmacies across Walsall or ordered online for use at home.
With Delta being the main variant now across Walsall, rates of COVID-19 are soaring across the borough with almost 500 positive cases confirmed in the last seven days alone and around 1,200 in the last four weeks.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“This Sunday’s game will go down in history for many England football fans. We want everyone to enjoy the euphoria but we also want to keep people safe from COVID-19.
“We urge all households to carry out symptom-free COVID-19 tests before heading to the pub or having your friends or family over. If you have a negative test result then you can continue with your plans and obviously if you test positive you need to stay at home and book a PCR test.
“Let’s ensure we do everything we can over the coming weeks to safe and well. Come on England!”
Dr Anand Rischie, Walsall GP lead for Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, added:
“With the whole nation gripped by the Euros, there’s no doubt that watching England make history has made us look forward to visiting packed stadiums and other venues once again to watch sport, as life returns to normal.
“Getting your first or second dose of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine is a great way to feel safer before you mix with large groups of people as restrictions are lifted later this month.
“The vaccine is the best protection you have against this virus, significantly reducing your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, and of catching and spreading it to others.”
More information is available on our symptom-free testing and vaccinations pages.