Official information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)
We will keep this page updated with the latest information during the outbreak. Information applies until further notice.
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- Covid-19 cases in Worcestershire
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HM Government has announced a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England.
Current lockdown restrictions remain in place until March 8, when:
- Schools can reopen,
- Outdoor recreation can be allowed, on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble, and
- Indoor visits to care homes can start again for a single named visitor.
For more information see the Government's main gov.uk/coronavirus page.
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 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.
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Measures are being developed to support people through Covid-19. We will list them here as they become available.
Here are the current effects of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on our services.
|Area (press to sort)||Update|
|Waste||Bin collections may be later in the day than usual. 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 bulky waste collections.|
|Children||Starting Well Family Hubs have temporary opening times for vitamin sales, and advice is available by telephone only.|
|Council||The Town Hall is closed to the public.|
|Lifeline||Extra safety measures are in place and special contactless installations are now available as we remain staffed and ready to assist 24/7.|
|Bereavement||Up to 30 people can now attend funerals at Redditch Crematorium, which is closed except for burials and funerals.|
|Leisure||Leisure - Sports and activity sessions delivered by our teams are being reintroduced gradually|
All choice-based letting is suspended except in very exceptional circumstances.
We are only carrying out emergency works only.
All services including for homelessness are available by telephone only.
|Leisure||Please refer to Rubicon Leisure for the latest information on our leisure venues.|
|Leisure||Advice on using allotments at this time has been issued.|
Planning Committee is taking place using a virtual format and will be viewable via a 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.
|Learning||Learningonline sessions are suspended. Current learners are being supported remotely.|
|Building||Decisions on whether to carry out visits under Building Control inspection arrangements are being made on a case by case basis.|
|LOCAL: Worcestershire County Council - Coronavirus||LOCAL: Redditch Partnership information|
|NATIONAL: UK Government response to Coronavirus|