Urgent message from David Stevens, Sandwell MBC Chief Executive

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).

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6 Responses to Urgent message from David Stevens, Sandwell MBC Chief Executive

  1. goldenorbs says:

    Hi.  Does this include schools then also, as they are places where different households are coming together? 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

  2. Simon Lea says:

    Am I being cynical when I suggest they can’t shut schools because then parents would have to stop working to look after them or be furloughed and either way that’s bad for the economy? I only ask as they are only stopping us meeting people we know, such as grandparents, in each other’s houses and gardens, but they seem happy for me to sit in a pub with 40 strangers…. the common theme seems to be the economy, rather than our health, being their prime consideration….

    • Bob says:

      I think you’re spot on Simon. Having said that, the impact on the overall economy can’t just be ignored. I really feel for people with cafes, pubs and others in the entertainment industry if we go in to full lockdown, or even when the furlough scheme ends. I suspect we’re being gradually introduced to Dominic Cummings’ ‘herd immunity’ without actually saying so.

  3. Paul Westwood says:

    Will Sandwell Council pay off my mortgage if the economy collapses and I lose my job..
    The hospitals are empty and the Council leader is playing games… Next she’ll be proclaiming the need for yet another inflation busting Council tax increase.

    • Bob says:

      Actually, the ‘inflation busting’ increase in council tax is down to the Conservative Government, for the last three years, reducing the payments for social care for the elderly a transferring the cost to local authority council tax. Last year inflation was just over 1.8%, the council tax went up by 1.9%…plus the 2% required to make up the government cuts to social care. I don’t consider that to be ‘busting’ exactly!

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