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(Updated March 5)

On Monday 8 March, some of the rules on what people in England can and cannot do will be changing. 

It is vital that people in Tamworth demonstrate caution as the first easing of lockdown rules come into place.

National lockdown is still in place across England and people must stay at home unless it is for a permitted reason, such as:

  • Shopping for essential items for you or a vulnerable person
  • Going to work - but only if you cannot work from home
  • Seeking medical assistance or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • Attending education or childcare
  • Meeting your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary

What rules are changing?

From Monday 8 March, the following will change:

  • Care homes will be able to allow regular indoor visits for a single named visitor
  • In addition to outdoor exercise, you will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. You must always socially distance from those outside your household
  • Pupils and students in all schools and Further Education settings will be able to return to face-to-face education
  • Wraparound childcare can reopen and other children’s activities can restart for all children where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group
  • Students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who have not already returned and would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return will be able to return 

All other current restrictions will still apply.

Find out more here.

(Updated March 4)

Tackling COVID in Tamworth: Update

Since our update last week, we are pleased to report that the number of cases of coronavirus in Tamworth is now heading back down again.

Whilst cases in Tamworth are now falling, they do remain high, so there is more to do and with schools returning next week, we can’t take our foot off the pedal.

In the seven days to 28 February, we saw 98 people test positive for coronavirus in Tamworth.

This equates to 127.8 cases per 100,000 population in Tamworth, more than the county, West Midlands and England averages.

Full details, including case data can be found here

(Updated February 26)

Tackling COVID in Tamworth

Full details, including case data can be found here

The number of people catching coronavirus is Tamworth has more than halved since the New Year, but since mid-February, we’ve seen infection rates going in the wrong direction, especially in people aged 18-49.
Despite the national lockdown, Tamworth is currently one of a few places in the country where the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is going up instead of down. This is especially the case for working age people (aged 18-49).

Why we need to tackle COVID in Tamworth

1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing.

When the virus is growing in the community, more people are at risk of catching it, more people will become ill and more people risk losing their lives.

As a country, we will only be able to move forward with lifting lockdown if the virus is under control and our hospitals are able to cope.

How you can help tackle COVID in Tamworth

Everyone can do something to control coronavirus.

There are really simple steps that you can take.

Stay at home:
We are still in national lockdown, so you must stay at home other than for essential reasons as set out by the government. 

Work from home wherever you can: 
1 in 3 people who caught coronavirus in Tamworth recently caught it at work. Please work from home where you can and stick to safety guidelines at work if you can’t. 

Wash your hands, cover your face, make space: 
If you are going out for essential reasons, following these basic rules will stop the virus spreading. It’s not new, but it does work.

Be particularly careful when you’re doing a shop at the supermarket. 

Get a regular rapid COVID test: 
If you’re leaving the house for essential reasons, especially if you’re part of a childcare or support bubble, get a regular rapid test for your own peace of mind and to reassure yourself that you’re not going to give the virus to your nearest and dearest. 

Regular testing is an important way to identify cases and reduce the spread of infection. 

There are Community Testing Sites and pop up testing sites for people without symptoms across Tamworth. Book online or just walk in. Tests are quick, painless and free. 

Isolate and get a test if you have symptoms: 
If you’ve got symptoms of coronavirus, you need to isolate at home and only leave the house to get a test. You need to book this test online at the national testing site at Spinning School Lane Car Park or at one of the Mobile Testing Units which usually visits Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital.

(Updated February 22)

Easing of lockdown restrictions from March

The Roadmap to take England out of Lockdown has been outlined by the Prime Minister.

Key Points:

  • The Government says that the spread of the virus is roughly the same across the country, and, therefore, restrictions will be eased step-by-step across the whole of England at the same time.
  • There will continue to be national restrictions rather than regional tiers;
  • International travel will not resume before 17 May.
  • Pubs and restaurants will not reopen indoors until mid-May
  • The government will do whatever it takes to support jobs "for the duration of the pandemic".
  • It’s expected to include 4 steps, with step one split into 2 parts, with 5 weeks between each
  • All restrictions could be over by 21st June;

A detailed summary can be found here.

Government full report can be found here.

(Updated February 5)

Covid-19 safe daily exercise activities

Staffordshire Wildlife have a list of downloadable assets for family self-led walks. Find out more on family self-led walks here.

(Updated January 20)

Covid-19 testing (no symptoms)

If don’t have symptoms and are going out to work or making essential visits to places where there are other people, get a rapid test regularly. Protect what matters most to you. Tests are available weekdays at Tamworth College and weekends at Wilnecote Parish Hall. Both venues have good appointment availability. Book here.

(Updated January 19)

Voting safely at 2021 Elections

Tamworth residents are being encouraged to consider voting by post this year as part of plans to run a safe election in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, May 6, residents in the borough will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and as the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. Read FAQs for staying safe when voting 2021 here.

(Updated January 11)

Latest FAQs for Lockdown 3 can be found here

(Updated January 5, 2021)

New Lockdown restrictions summary from January 5, 2021 - what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • 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. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

(Updated November 23)

Family Hub Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies

Staffordshire County Council are encouraging Tamworth families who are struggling financially and would benefit from some support to purchase food, to get in touch with their Family Hub via Staffordshire Connects website.

Families could be entitled to a weekly £15 food voucher per person, within the household, for a maximum of three weeks. These can then be used at Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrison’s or Tesco’s. Find out more about food vouchers here.

(Updated October 30)

Find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area 

(Updated October 16)

Community Grants Schemes
Follow this link on our website for more details, to check eligibility and apply for this fund, as well as for other Community Funds also available

(Updated October 2)

Drop-Shop Project is a pop-up shop operated by ‘Hive Foundation’ and staffed by their amazing volunteer team Tamworth Volunteer Support Group. It has been set up to help those most in need in our community who are suffering from food poverty as a result of the current pandemic to ‘drop’ in to purchase food and key items for a very very very cheap fixed price. Visitors will be asked to wear a mask before entry, observe safe distancing and use your own bags.
Enquiries: 01827 59646. Located at Sacred Heart Church (In the car park) Open: Mon to Fri -10am-3pm Saturday - 10am-1pm Sunday - Closed
 
(Updated September 30)

Job Support Scheme

A new Job Support Scheme will open on November 1, 2020 and run for 6 months. It is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. 

A company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job. The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap, with the employer also contributing a third. This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped. Employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligibility criteria.