Coronavirus Advice

We understand people will have concerns about Covid-19. Please see below national and local advice:

Dudley has a restriction level of: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Latest national restrictions which affect Dudley and the wider West Midlands:

- You must stay in your house unless you have a reasonable excuse not to. 
This includes essential shopping, working (where you can't work from home), education and medical reasons. 
- You may exercise on your own, or with one other person, once a day.
When doing so, you should ensure you maintain social distancing requirements.
- Do not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble.
This applies both at home or in a public place, but excludes the workplace.
- If you need to travel for any reason then you should stay local.
You should not travel out of, or in to, a tier 4 area and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
- Non-essential retail and hospitality venues should close.
This includes most leisure facilities, gym's and theatres. Restaurants and pubs can only sell food for consumption off the premises via delivery services, click-and-collect or drive-through until 11pm.
- Most forms of education will move online including all schools and colleges.
Early years provisions can remain open, as can Universities however non-essential lectures should be moved online where possible.

More detailed information can be found at gov.uk.


Community Support

Dudley Food and Support Service

Residents of all ages who are staying at home as they are more vulnerable to the impact of Covid-19, self-isolating and have no family or community support, or are struggling financially can get support from the Dudley Food and Support Service. This is a partnership between Dudley CVS, the Black Country Foodbank and Dudley Citizens Advice.

Contact 0300 3302 152, Monday to Friday from 9.30am-12.30pm for:

  • food parcels for those financially struggling
  • help with finding a range of support services
  • debt and benefits advice and support

The service is open to younger people, working people and families too if they are in need.

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Offers help and support for those who are over 60.
For more information people can call 01384 812761 or email CommunitySupportServ@dudley.gov.uk

Black Country Radio Community Hotline

Black Country Radio operates a community service where you can leave a message. This is run in partnership and any calls will be passed on to services who may be able to help you. We would advise that you call the above numbers first - or look at the list of local organisations that may be able to help.

You can call our Community Helpline on 01384 465 375
Leave your name, contact number and information on what help is required.
 


Testing

Local testing sites make it easier for everyone to get a free Coronavirus test. This means more local people can get tested quickly and stop the spread of the virus.

There are two types of test - lateral flow tests and swab tests - available in Dudley borough. 

1. Lateral flow tests give rapid results (within 30 minutes) and are available at certain sites across the borough. They exist to find asymptomatic carriers of the virus and should only be used by residents with NO SYMPTOMS of Covid-19. Walk in appointments are not available and tests must be booked in advance using the online system.

A positive result from a lateral flow test will be confirmed by a PCR test, however you should self-isolate immediately after getting your result, even if you have no symptoms.
 

2. Swab (or PCR) tests should be used by people who HAVE SYMPTOMS of Covid-19. Anyone with symptoms can register for a test which can be conducted at one of the borough's testing site, or a kit can be sent out to you to use at home. Tests must be booked in advance by calling 119 or going to nhs.uk/coronavirus.

If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, you should self-isolate IMMEDIATELY, even if you haven't taken a test.


Self Isolation

  • If you've tested positive and you have symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you've tested positive and you have not had symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.

If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from when your symptoms started.

Visit Dudley and Sandwell Council's website for information on testing in your borough.

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