Local lockdown introduced in Sandwell

11 Sep 2020

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Sandwell residents have been banned from socialising with other households in the fight against coronavirus.

Local lockdown measures have been introduced in Sandwell to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The updated restrictions will come into force legally from Tuesday 15 September.

Sandwell residents will be banned from socialising with other households in their homes and gardens, although schools and businesses will remain open.

Visiting shops, restaurants and other venues in the area with people from outside your household will also be banned.

Residents are however permitted to visit businesses with those from their household.

The decision comes after a sharp increase in cases in Sandwell.

According to Maria Crompton, the interim leader of Sandwell Council, cases of coronavirus have doubled from 70 to 140 in the past seven days.

She added: “We have got a higher rise of contamination from within households. It is not from outside the household.”

“You must try to keep to your household and do not go into other people’s homes or in fact their gardens.”

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, also announced local lockdowns in Birmingham and Solihull during today’s briefing.

Mr Street said: “This decision has been made in collaboration with local leaders who are considering additional local measures to tackle the increase in the number of cases.”

“So to emphasise, this is about mixing between households, it is not about prevention of schools, workplaces, transport, any of the other options - it is about household mixing.”

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