STAY ALERT. CONTROL THE VIRUS. SAVE LIVES.
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
As we enter the next stage in our fight back against Coronavirus, I appreciate that many people will be facing difficult circumstances and have many questions. Please use the hotlines and links below which should be able to help you:
- If you have the symptoms of coronavirus, please follow the advice on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ . 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.
- For advice on what you can and cannot do in Phase 2 of the lockdown (in effect from 1 June 2020), please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-wh…
- For advice on what you can and cannot do in Phase 3 of the lockdown (in effect from 4 July 2020) please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-easing-of-lockdown-rest…
- On 17th July 2020, the Prime Minister announced the lifting of further restrictions on the leisure industry, and a plan to reconvene larger social gatherings in the autumn subject to a successful pilot. More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/audiences-back-in-theatres-from-1-au…
- A full guide to the Government's strategy for rebuilding and recovering from Covid-19 is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884760/Our_plan_to_rebuild_The_UK_Government_s_COVID-19_recovery_strategy.pdf
- 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
- If you're concerned about not being able to pay energy bills during a period of self isolation, please follow the advice at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-agrees-measures-with-energy-industry-to-support-vulnerable-people-through-covid-19
- For any concerns accessing Universal Credit, please call 0800 328 5644.
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.
- For a list of the further announcements by the Chancellor on 20th March, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-chancellor-rishi-sunak-provides-an-updated-statement-on-coronavirus
- For further details of announcements made by the Chancellor on 3rd April, in relation to bolstering Business Interruption Loans for small businesses and a new scheme for larger businesses, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-strengthens-support-on-offer-for-business-as-first-government-backed-loans-reach-firms-in-need
- Information on support for those who are self-employed is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-se…
- Guidance for employers is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19 and there is a HMRC helpline at 0800 015 9559
- From 1 August, employers should use their discretion on whether it is best practise for employees to work from home or in the office
- An extension to the furlough scheme was announced by the Chancellor on 12th May, and there is a link for employers on how to claim at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
- Guidance for employees is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees and 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 our 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.