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Latest Tamworth News: For our latest news articles about affected Tamworth Borough Council services, please scroll down to the news article listing at the bottom of this page.

For the latest Staffordshire County Council coronavirus rates check here.

Latest Information

(Updated May 11)

On May 10, the Prime Minister gave a statement on the step three of the roadmap.
He confirmed that further easing of national restrictions will come into effect as planned on May 17 which includes the return of international travel, indoor gatherings and overnight stays involving two households or six individuals, indoor opening of pubs and restaurants and the re-opening of cinemas and hotels.

Full details on how the rules will change from May 17, can be found here.

(Updated April 19)

FAQs - National Restrictions from 12 April 2021

(Updated April 8)

Restrictions changes from April 12

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ (the roadmap out of lockdown) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. 

In summary from April 12 the changes include:

  • Non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • Indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place Indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • Self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test).

(Updated April 7)

Glascote and Stonydelph Residents Urged to Take Part in Major Covid Testing Pilot

Families living in parts of Tamworth are being called on to take part in a new mass Covid Testing pilot next week, as the seven-day rate for cases hits almost double the national average.

NHS Test and Trace, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Tamworth Borough Council and Royal Mail will be targeting around 6,000 households in Glascote and Stoneydelph to help stop the spread of infection and learn more about how the virus is being transmitted.

Kits will be delivered to homes from April 12 and people should register their kit, take the test and drop them off at one of the special collection points in the local community.

The Community Collect Points for the NHS Test and Trace Glascote and Stoneydelph Pilot ONLY will be at the following places between April 13 and April 16.

The collection points are:

  • St Peter’s Church, Hawksworth, Glascote Heath, B77 2HH. Opening times: 09.00 -15.30
  • Glascote Children’s Centre, Hawksworth, Glascote Heath, B77 2ER. Opening times: 08.30 -16.00
  • Magraths Pharmacy, 68 Caledonian, Tamworth. B77 2ED. Opening times: 09.00-16.00
  • Pennymoor Community Centre, Pennymoor Road, Tamworth B77 4LG. Opening times: 09.00 -16.30 (closed Wednesday 14/04/21)
  • Stonydelph Pharmacy, 29 Ellerbeck, Wilnecote, Tamworth, B77 4JA. Opening times: 09.00 -17.30 (closed 13:00-14:00)
  • Watsons GH Newsagents, Pennymoor Road, Wilnecote, Tamworth, B77 4LG. Opening times: 08.00 -19.00
  • Sacred Heart Church, Silver Link Road, Glascote Heath, Tamworth, B77 2EA. Opening Times: 08.00 -19.00
    To find out more about the Pilot Testing please see: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

(Updated March 23)

Community Collect Covid Testing Rolled Out Across Staffordshire

Community Collect Covid testing is being rolled out wider from Monday, March 22, to allow more people in Staffordshire to get tested regularly at home.

People living in homes with children or staff at nurseries, schools and colleges can now book a test at a Community Testing Centre and then collect a pack of seven tests for use at home. In this first trial week, numbers will be limited and kits subject to availability.

The Community Test and Collect Service for households, childcare and support bubbles with children or staff at nurseries, schools or colleges can be booked at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/testing.

Tamworth Ankerside Shopping Centre, are offering Test and Collect every day. 

Everyone in Staffordshire is being urged to book a test twice a week. Those not eligible for collecting home kits can still book a test at our community testing centres and touring pop-ups. Full details of all the options and how to book can be found at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

People with symptoms should self-isolate and book a test at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119

(Updated March 17)

Staffs Means Back to Business Support Scheme - £5m business support scheme for Staffordshire businesses

The government have recently announced additional support for business in the spring Budget, including extending the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (furlough) until September. Business can also sign up to receive essential support through a free 12-month membership package with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Now Staffordshire businesses and employees can get a further boost through the £5m Staffordshire Means Back to Business Support Scheme - an enhanced package of funding to help in the way that matters most.

Find out more and how to apply here.

(Updated March 12)

New Restart Grants

The new Restart Grant will be available after April 1st, 2021. This is a new fund for business owners, helping them through what is hoped will be the final stages of Covid-19 restrictions. It will replace the monthly Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) and Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open).

Guidance detailing eligibility criteria will not be available from Central Government until after March 22nd, 2021. We will update this website as soon as this is available.

(Updated March 8)

COVID-secure election campaigning will go ahead

From 8 March, rules will allow for individual campaigners to deliver leaflets and to engage with electors on their doorsteps - but they should always be socially distanced and not enter inside people’s homes.

Outdoor activity remains prohibited until this point and it is vital the current national lockdown rules continue to be followed.

New government guidance published today will enable free and fair elections, striking the necessary balance to protect public health and ensure voters can make informed choices.

More information about covid-secure elections can be found here.

(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 on 8 March changes 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 Tamworth 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.