Worcestershire is in Tier Two
Under the revised three-tier Covid restrictions system, Worcestershire is placed in Tier Two from Wednesday 2 December.
The main Tier Two restrictions are:
- No household mixing indoors
- Rule of six will apply outdoors
- Work from home if you can
- Pubs and bars to shut, unless operating as restaurants
- Alcohol only served as part of substantial meal
- Spectators allowed at sports events and live performances (up to 2,000 or 50% of the venue capacity – whichever is lower)
- Personal care, including hairdressing, allowed
- Shops, gyms and the wider leisure sector can open.
The Government will hold a review on Wednesday 16 December to decide if any area of the country should be moved into a different tier. If we can all work together to help bring down the number of Covid cases in Worcester, there’s a chance our city and county may be moved into Tier One.
Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family
The Government has now announced that the Covid rules will be relaxed for five days over Christmas, from 23 to 27 December. Up to three households will be allowed to mix and the Prime Minister has advised people to use their “personal judgement” on whether to visit elderly relatives.
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.
Health and Hardship Grant Fund
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to Worcester charities, volunteer groups and community organisations that can deliver services to Worcester residents suffering from hardship or poor health this winter. This funding scheme aims to help with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and tackle key health issues within the city.
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.
Business Rates ReductionsGeneral Guidance on Business SupportLockdown Restriction Support GrantLocal Restrictions Discretionary GrantSupport for the Self-employedFurlough Scheme & Job Retention Scheme
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