Emily Jewett

Local Public Health Guidance Overview 2021-02-09

We remain in National Lockdown

Stay Home > Protect the NHS > Save Lives”

We must not leave, or be outside of our homes except where necessary in a limited set of circumstances.

Permitted reasons to be outside our homes:
  • To shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
  • Attending work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
  • Exercising, either alone, with your household (or support bubble) or with one other person. Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • Meeting your support, or childcare, bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
  • Seeking medical assistance or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
  • Attending education or childcare – for those eligible to do so.

Local and national leaders and experts remain consistent in urging each of us to take extra care in this lockdown: we are asked to view the rules as the upper limits, and to reduce the activities outside of our homes to the absolute minimum that is safely possible.

“Hands > Face > Space”

If we do go out under the permitted circumstances, we must still remember “Hands > Face > Space”; it’s vital we still practice physical distancing, wear face coverings, and wash our hands or sanitise frequently.

When indoors with anyone outside our household or support bubble, it’s important to ventilate spaces as much as is comfortable, for instance by opening windows.

Spread often happens in the household but it isn’t inevitable, and www.germdefence.org can help.

Detailed Guidance

The government guidance can be seen here, with the full guidance here.  See also the National Lockdown poster here summarising the rules for each sector

Testing

Our Council encourages all residents to get tested for Covid – regularly, and even without symptoms.

Anyone who is unable to work from home, or is in a care or support bubble, should be tested every 3-4 days with lateral flow tests that help identify people who are infectious but don’t have symptoms.

Getting tested is a great way to reduce your risk of spreading the virus to friends, loved ones, and the wider community, and helps track the progress of national and local virus-control measures.

There are different ways to arrange the test depending on whether or not you have symptoms: see our article here for information on how to arrange tests. 

Vaccines

Information on the rollout of vaccines across Birmingham can be seen in our article here, including information on avoiding vaccine scams.

Videos answering questions about the vaccines in multiple languages can be viewed here, and information and resources put together primarily by and for BAME communities can be seen here, including a section addressing concerns about the vaccines.

Wellbeing

It’s important we also look after our wellbeing, and so we encourage everyone to maintain social contacts safely, including by phone or online wherever possible.

Birmingham City Council reminds us we can still access our amazing green spaces to help with our well-being.

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