Coronavirus Update 21.12.20

Birmingham remains in Tier 3 – Very High Alert. This tier is assigned to areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.

The tier level for each area will be reviewed every two weeks, with the next review due 30th December. We will continue to include updated details of the guidelines for our area in upcoming posts, but please note the next review of tiers will take place during the Christmas break, so to check the restrictions around that time, please use the BBC’s postcode checker to see the tier guidelines for any area.

You can view the guidelines for our area here, along with a condensed version which highlights the main guidelines for tier 3:

  • You must not socialise with other households indoors.
  • Only meet people outdoors in open public areas in groups of up to 6.
  • Reduce your number of journeys and avoid travel outside the area unless necessary.
  • Work from home if possible.

We are also urged to:

  • Continue to ‘wash hands, cover face, make space’.
  • And when indoors, ‘let fresh air in’.

Detailed Tier 3 guidelines can again be found here, and Birmingham City Council’s Weekly Coronavirus update for 18th December can be read here.

We will post an update on Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information in our first posting of the new year.

Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health Birmingham, has asked us to take extra care if we have travelled to the South East: “Given the significant concern about the new variant which is predominantly in London and the South East, if you have travelled from these areas then please be super cautious and stay at home, if you have symptoms call 119 to get a test, and avoid mixing with other households.”

The required self-isolation period for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus has been shortened from 14 to 10 days across the UK. The change will also apply to people instructed to quarantine after returning from high-risk countries.

The coronavirus vaccine continues to be rolled out in Birmingham: “The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.” More information on the vaccine can be read here.