We will keep this page updated with the latest information during the outbreak. Information applies until further notice.
Here is information from the Government on the current national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.
A message from Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health
We have been notified by the Government following the expiry of national restrictions on the Wednesday 2 December that Worcestershire will be placed in Tier Two. Read more about the tiers here.
Here2Help is a community action response to Coronavirus (Covid-19), designed for for vulnerable people in our community who have to self-isolate and are unable to seek help from family, friends and neighbours. Press here to visit the Here2Help website.
All local support
Measures are being developed to support people during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will list them here as they become available.
|Area (press to sort)||Support|
|Isolating||Here2Help community support|
|Contact tracing||Contact tracing calls from Worcestershire Regulatory Services will come from 01562 738000|
|Business||Financial help for business and self-employed|
|Mental Health and Wellbeing||Support for anyone struggling with their mental health and wellbeing|
|Money||Problems paying your Council Tax?|
|Money||Coronavirus and claiming benefits, including new Test and Trace support payments|
|Transport||Car sharing: Safer transport guidance for transport operators and organisations including taxis|
|Business||Businesses risk assessments and support|
|Isolating||Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person|
|Isolating||Domestic abuse support|
|Business||Relaxed enforcement of business delivery hours|
|Money||Energy & heating support|
|Report||Report suspected breach of Covid-19 business regulations|
Here are the current effects of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on our services.
|Area (press to sort)||Update|
|Homes||Home visits to people self isolating with symptoms are restricted to essential or emergency visits only. During such visits members of the household will be required to be in a different room.|
|Council||Our Parkside office and customer service centre is partially open for payment counters only. Room hire is suspended.|
|Community||Our public toilets in Bromsgrove town centre, Sanders Park, and Rubery are open with changes for your safety. Our public toilets in Alvechurch are closed.|
|Children||Starting Well Family Hubs have temporary opening times for vitamin sales, and advice is available by telephone only.|
|Bereavement||Up to 30 people can now attend funerals at Redditch Crematorium, which is is closed to the public except for funerals and burials.|
|Lifeline||Extra safety measures are in place as we remain staffed and ready to assist 24/7.|
|Building||Decisions on whether to carry out visits under Building Control inspection arrangements are being made on a case by case basis.|
Council and committee meetings are taking place remotely using videoconferencing, and public meetings are viewable via live stream.
Temporary arrangements are in place for some of our Planning services, including the householder planning service, paper submissions, site visits, and requests for the relaxation of conditions limiting hours of work on construction sites.
|Leisure||Advice on using allotments at this time has been issued.|
|Leisure||Sanders Park bowls season tickets are unavailable.|
|Leisure||Sports and activity sessions delivered by our teams are being reintroduced gradually.|
|LOCAL: Worcestershire County Council - Coronavirus||LOCAL: Bromsgrove Partnership information|
|NATIONAL: UK Government response to Coronavirus||LOCAL: The Bromsgrove Hotel|