Following the Secretary of State’s announcement it has been confirmed that the borough of Walsall will move from Tier 3 into Tier 4 with effect from 31 December. More information is available in the government’s Tier 4: Stay at Home document.
Councillor Mike Bird, Leader of Walsall Council said:
“I know today’s announcement will come as heart-breaking news for many residents and businesses in Walsall. Sadly, the restrictions announced by the government today are necessary to stop the deadly spread of coronavirus in Walsall. We have reached one of the most dangerous points of the pandemic at one of the most challenging times of the year.
“In Walsall, we have seen coronavirus cases increase by around 35% over the past seven days meaning, on average, more than 900 people tested positive for the virus last week (21 to 27 December) in our Borough. Our current rate per 100K of the population is 312. We are also seeing an increasing number of people across the West Midlands being admitted to hospital each day. These numbers are extremely worrying and it means we all have to take action to keep ourselves, our families and each other safe.
“It is absolutely vital that we all stay at home and isolate and get tested if we have any of the coronavirus symptoms, even if you don’t feel too bad. Tests are available in Walsall for anyone who needs one. There are four testing sites in Walsall and tests are available every day – including Bank Holidays. You can book your test via the NHS COVID App, online or by calling 119. If you are unable to safely travel to a testing site you can also use these routes to have a home testing kit delivered.
“I would like to thank everyone in Walsall who continues to play their part. I know this is hard, but the best thing we can do is follow the rules, keep ourselves, our families and communities safe, and look forward to a better 2021.”
Notes to editors
What does Tier 4 mean?
· You must stay at home as far as is possible;
· Non-essential shops, indoor gyms, leisure and entertainment venues and personal care services must close
· People should not enter or leave Tier 4 areas
· People should only meet one person from another household in an outdoor public space
The Public Health advice, which we all must continue to follow, remains:
· Hands: washing your hands thoroughly
· Space: keeping 2 metres apart from people you don’t live with
· Face: wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, unless you’re exempt
· Get Tested: if you develop symptoms, self-isolate and get tested nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 (requesting a test takes 5-10 minutes and there are plenty of appointments and test kits available)
The council has services in place to protect those who need extra help over the winter period, including those who might be isolating. For those alone or worried about support over the coming days Walsall Council and its community partners are available to help with advice, support and care. Residents needing help should contact Making Connections Walsall by calling 0121 380 6690 or by completing the referral form at the link below.
COVID-19 - Access help and volunteer to help (walsall.gov.uk)
More information about testing sites in the Walsall borough COVID-19 - Testing information (walsall.gov.uk)