We will keep this page updated with the latest information during the outbreak. Information applies until further notice.
- National lockdown
- Covid-19 cases in Worcestershire
- Get support
- Services affected
- Up to date wider information
Everyone in England must now stay at home except for specific reasons, including essential shopping, to work if you cannot work from home, to exercise, to seek medical help, and to escape domestic abuse.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said on Monday (January 4): "The Government has announced a national lockdown. This is a direct result of escalating Covid-19 cases. In the latest 7 days, here in Worcestershire we have seen 1,888 positive COVID-19 cases, which is more than all positive cases seen during May, June, July, August and September 2020 combined."
Worcestershire County Council has produced a Covid-19 dashboard of up to date case information where you can see the number of cases of Covid-19 at a county, district, and local level. The County Council is our local public health authority.
Here2Help is a community action response to Coronavirus (Covid-19), designed 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|
|Young People up to age 25||The Basement Project are still offering support for young people by phone and webchat|
Here are the current effects of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on our services.
|Area (press to sort)||Update|
|Waste||Bin collections are running later than usual in some areas, please leave your bin out. To ensure that key waste services for the public health are maintained we have had to free up resources from other services, which is affecting garden waste and bulky waste collections.|
|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 closed to the public. 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|