What you can do and can not do in the lockdown.
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Following the Government’s announcement last night, England is now in National Lockdown: Stay at Home. This means that everyone will need to remain in their houses by law, except with a ‘reasonable excuse’, such as going out to buy groceries, or for the purposes of work which cannot be done from home.
The main difference between National Lockdown and the previous Tier 4 category is that schools must close and operate remotely where possible. This and other, smaller differences are detailed on the ‘Key changes’ attachment to this email, which you can share with your community. A summary table of the restrictions is also attached.
Click here for the full National Lockdown guidance.
Lateral Flow Testing
Taking a rapid lateral flow test is a great way to reduce your risk of spreading the virus to friends, loved ones, and colleagues (where working from home is not possible).
Testing venues are in place at Utilita Arena (formerly NIA), Oaklands Youth Centre, Sheldon Community Centre, and York Street car park. Click here to find out more, and to book a lateral flow test.
Community pharmacy testing sites are also beginning to open across the city. Click here to find your local community pharmacy site (check back later if yours is not yet live).
Birmingham COVID-19 Dashboard
Local COVID-19 statistics from 26 December 2020 to 1 January 2021 can be seen on the dashboard attachments to this email.
The wards with the highest case rates (per 100,000 residents) during this time were:
- Hall Green North (858)
- Longbridge & West Heath (845)
- Hall Green South (812)
- Highters Heath (808)
- Newtown (807)
- Lozells (805)
- Handsworth Wood (796)
- Balsall Heath West (777)
- Acocks Green (750)
- Northfield (740)
As always, if you know anyone who lives or works in Birmingham who might be interested in becoming a COVID-19 Community Champion, simply direct them to this link where they can sign-up or find out more.
Birmingham City Council Public Health Team
Birmingham City Council
Send questions or suggestions to: COVID19CommunityChampions@birmingham.gov.uk
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