As you’ll no doubt be aware, we are now in a new national lockdown. Due to the increased severity of the coronavirus infection rate, we are again instructed to “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.
You may leave the home to:
- Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
- Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
- Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
- Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
- Attend education or childcare – for those eligible.
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 masks, and wash our hands or sanitise frequently.
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 and the Key changes between Tier 4 and National Lockdown document here outlining the key differences between tier 4 and National Lockdown.
Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week 26th December – 1st January 2021 can be read here. There has been an increase in both the rate of cases and percentage of positive tests in the last week. This is reflective of the concerning increase in cases nationally. The dashboard also notes we are starting to see case rates rise in the 5-14 yrs age groups for the first time.
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.” Please be aware of potential scams: remember the NHS will not ask you to pay for vaccination. More information on the vaccine can be read here.