Road Map out of lockdown
The Government has announced a phased reduction in lockdown restrictions. The aim is to lift all restrictions by the end of June. The dates in the road map are subject to change, with decisions being made according to the latest data. The assessment at each stage will be based on four tests which are that:
- The coronavirus vaccine programme is continuing to go to plan
- Vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
- New coronavirus variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions.
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, or parents and guardians on low incomes whose children are instructed to self-isolate. 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 school holidays.
Get tested for Covid-19
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.
If you have no symptoms you should take a rapid test (also known as a “lateral flow test”) twice a week. These are available for free, from a local pick-up spot or delivered to your home.
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 Restart grants are now available for businesses that were forced to close under the latest lockdown. l
Businesses that were affected by earlier restrictions may still be eligible for earlier grant schemes, including additional support available for some pubs.
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