Coronavirus Update 26.01.22

The government has announced that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted.

This means:

  • The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree arrangements to return to the office.
  • From 20th January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in secondary school and college classrooms.
  • From 27th January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools, nor for staff in communal areas of primaries.
  • From 27th January: There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
  • From 27th January: Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.
  • International Travel. Travel to England from another country during coronavirus, guide here.
  • Find all the information you need to get vaccinated here.

Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 16th January can be seen here. Across Birmingham, new cases significantly decreased, along with the overall case rate.

Hospital admissions for Covid-19 across the city increased 6% when compared to last week’s admissions of between 63 and 127 new daily cases (total = 654). There were 22 deaths reported this week.