New Covid-19 Guidelines

The government has released new guidelines in response to the new Omicron variant.

From 4am on Tuesday 7th December all people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad. This will apply whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not. Also all international arrivals into the UK will have to take a Day 2 PCR test and self isolate until they receive a negative test. More information about international travel here.

Face coverings are now compulsory in shops and public transport. They are also highly encouraged to be worn in communal areas in school settings by staff, visitors and students in year 7 and above.

All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Testing. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, you can take a free PCR test. Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) can be ordered for free online, or you can collect from a local pop up site. You should do this before you mix with people in crowded indoor places or if you are visiting someone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. If you need to order LFT in bulk for your community groups and settings, please email: covid19communitychampions@birmingham.gov.uk

Self isolation. Contact tracing and isolation remains in place. If you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results.

Hygiene etiquette. Washing your hands, keeping your surroundings clean and covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze will protect those around you.

These guidelines will be reviewed the 18th December; however, Covid-19 continues to remain a risk. We ask that you continue to share the following messages about how communities can protect themselves.