NEW NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS ARE NOW IN FORCE FROM 5TH NOVEMBER
Unfortunately cases of Covid 19 are on the rise, and it is important that we act now to control its spread, protect the NHS and to save lives. Therefore from 5th November, the following rules are now in place:
- Stay at home, unless for specific purposes
- Don't gather with those you don't live with, unless for specific purposes
- Certain business and venues will be closed
The National Lockdown is due to be in place until 2nd December, at which point the Tier system will resume (with Dudley and Sandwell both at High Risk). However, the Government will continue to monitor the levels of cases and the impact on the NHS, and may extend the National Lockdown if deemed necessary.
For further information on the new restrictions coming into force, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
There are three simple actions we can all do to keep on protecting each other:
- Keeping our hands washed regularly
- Wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Staying at least 2 metres apart, or or 1 metre with with a face covering or other precautions
Do not leave your home if you or someone you live with has one of the following:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these symptoms, please visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test for information on getting a test. Please do not call 111 unless you cannot cope with the symptoms at home, your symptoms get worse, or if they do not get better after seven days.
Please use the hotlines and links below which should be able to help you with any questions or concerns you may have, as we continue our fight against the virus:
- For travel advice please refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus. If you have made plans to travel you should monitor the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website regularly at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
- For any concerns accessing Universal Credit, please call 0800 328 5644.
- During the National Lockdown, the Government intends to keep all education and childcare settings open. However, should you require further advice please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
Update on support for businesses, employers and employees:
- Guidance for businesses is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support and there is a Business Support Hotline at 0300 456 3565.
- Information on support for those who are self-employed is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-suppo…
- Following the announcement of a new National Lockdown coming in to force on November 5th, the Government have announced an extention to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme , whereby they will pay up to 80% of the salaries of employees who cannot work .Further information on this is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-job-retention-sch… and there is a HMRC helpline at 0800 015 9559
- During the National Lockdown, workers should work from home where it is possible to do so
- Guidance for employees, including advice on working safely, working from home, and employment and redundancy rights, is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/worker-support. Employees who have concerns about inadequate social distancing measures at their workplace can get in touch with the Health & Safety Executive at https://www.hse.gov.uk/
- For information on businesses in Halesowen that are still trading and offering essential services, please visit www.supporthalesowen.co.uk
Protecting our mental health:
- The Government have issued guidance on how to protect mental health for ourselves and those around us during this crisis. Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-advice-to-support-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
- Dudley residents who have mental health concerns should visit http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk/in-a-crisis/
- Sandwell residents who have mental health concerns should visit https://www.bcpft.nhs.uk/services/mental-health/83-for-adults/community-services/13-community-mental-health-teams
The Government has now established a Whatsapp service that those wanting the latest, factual information can sign up for. To register, just add 07860 064422 to your contacts and then message the word 'hi'.
You can also now download the NHS Covid-19 App for free, for contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. More information is available at https://covid19.nhs.uk/
All of these advice pages are subject to change as and when circumstances change, but I will keep the links and hotlines updated when necessary. If there is anything that I can do to support you, your family or your business or organisation in these challenging times, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org