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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Support

The coronavirus outbreak is transforming the way we live and work. West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) are working hard to maintain essential services to businesses and residents, and keep our communities safe.

The Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA are working closely with partners in public health, local and central government, charities and businesses to support everyone throughout this period.

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

National lockdown rules apply in England. This means you must stay at home.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home, except for the following reasons:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. Early Years settings remain open.

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with.

 

Roadmap out of lockdown

The Government have announced a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England.

STEP 1: From 8 March

Pupils return to face-to-face education in school and further education in England. Wraparound childcare, such as after-school clubs, can reopen to enable parents to work, attend education, access medical care or attend a support group.

Outdoor recreation, such as a picnic, is allowed. This can be on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

Indoor visits to care homes start again for a single named visitor.

Read more about changes in restrictions for Step 1

Official public health guidance and updates

For the latest advice on protecting yourself and your loved ones through this public health emergency, follow the Government and NHS guidence