Government has just announced that Sandwell, along with Birmingham and Solihull, is now an area of national intervention due to a rise in coronavirus.
From next Tuesday, 15 September, Sandwell residents will not be able to mix with any other households, indoors or outdoors – as household transmission has been identified as a key driver in the rise.
It’s going to be a tough time with still more difficult decisions down the line and I will of course keep you informed of the impact on services and any fresh demands on all of us as local authority staff.
The new restrictions in Sandwell are as follows:
• People in Sandwell must not allow others from outside their households into their home or their garden.
• People from Sandwell must not go to visit other households in their homes or gardens – inside or outside of Sandwell.
Government has not yet published full guidance– but as soon as we have more details we will pass them on.
We have been on the brink of intervention for a while now, with infection rates going up and down in parts of the borough.
The new shift in status follows further discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) and the Chief Medical Officer for England who have agreed this week’s changes to local restrictions across England.
The local ban on households mixing overrules the nationwide, six-person limit on social gatherings that will come into place on Monday (14 September).