The Government has introduced a new national lockdown in England, with the main message being: Stay at home.
You must not leave or be outside of your home except where necessary. You are allowed to leave your 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 such a bubble
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local to 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.
Schools are closed, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half-term. Universities and colleges are closed.
Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues are closed.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed, except for take-aways.
Community Assistance and Volunteers #here2help
Can you offer assistance or need help during the Covid-19 pandemic? Worcester City Council is directing those in need to the #here2help service coordinated by Worcestershire County Council. #here2help focuses on assisting our communities and coordinating support, especially for vulnerable residents.
- Do you need help and would like to be contacted by a helper or volunteer within 24 hours?
- Can help as a volunteer, or to donate goods or services? Our community is our strongest asset, especially in times of great need.
Self-isolation Support Payment Scheme
From Monday, 28 September 2020, you are required by law to self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
The Government has introduced a £500 support payment to help people on low incomes who have to self-isolate. The scheme will run until 31 January 2021 but is being kept under review by the Government. Worcester City Council is responsible for making the payments.
Support for families and children
Information about food, activities and support available to families and children from nursery and primary aged, through to older children and teenagers during the school holidays.
Book a Covid test
Appointments are available in Worcester and Worcestershire, so getting your test will be quick, convenient and easy to do. You should get a test even if you feel well and your symptoms are mild. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you should book a test:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
You should self-isolate as soon as you are aware of symptoms and get a test. The result of the test will determine how long you must stay at home and self-isolate. If your test is negative, you can stop self-isolating. A positive test result means you must complete a 10-day isolation period.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.
It is a legal requirement to wear face coverings in many indoor settings and on public transport. Guidance is available on when they should be worn, the differences between coverings and masks, and on how to make your own.
Support for Businesses
New local restrictions support grants are now available for qualifying businesses that have been impacted by the new lockdown.
Businesses that were affected by the earlier Tier Two and Tier Three restrictions may still be eligible for earlier grant schemes, including additional support available for some pubs.
Council Tax Support
As part of its response to COVID-19, the Government announced in the Budget on 11 March that it would provide local authorities in England with £500m of new grant funding to support economically vulnerable people and households who are of working age and are currently in receipt of Council Tax Support.
Limited City Council Services
Due to staff shortages and social distancing measures arising from the Coronavirus COVID-19 advice from Government, some of our services may be suspended or restricted.
Free Parking for NHS Health and Social Care Workers
Health, social care and NHS volunteer workers can park for free in Worcester, until further notice. This is for street parking bays, all City Council car parks, and also parking on single yellow lines. You can park there for as long as you need. Please display in the windscreen the pass you have received from your NHS Trust, local authority or the Royal Voluntary Service. Read more about the scheme