We remain in National Lockdown: “Stay Home > Protect the NHS > Save Lives.”
During the National Lockdown we must not leave, or be outside of our homes except where necessary in a limited set of circumstances. If we do go out under the permitted circumstances, we must still remember “Hands > Face > Space.” It’s vital we all still practice physical distancing, wear masks, and wash our hands or sanitise frequently, even if we’ve had a vaccine. 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.
Birmingham City Council’s latest coronavirus update can be seen here, however the local coronavirus statistics for the week ending 29th January have not been published yet so we’ll send a summary of those in a later newsletter.
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. More 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.
It’s important we also look after our well-being, 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.