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Other topics featured on this page include (click on the subject for quicker access): Scams,  Testing for Coronavirus,  SymptomsPlans for recoveryHousehold Waste Recycling CentresRedundancy and recruitment helpMental HealthChild BenefitEnergy company help and prepayment metersMOT testingSelf isolating

Latest Information. (Updated July 3)

SCC Local Outbreak Control Plan

With lockdown lifting even further from Saturday, Staffordshire County Council has plans in place to swiftly identify, contain and stop any local outbreaks across the county.

The key advice is to:

  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Keep your distance. That’s 2m  where possible and if you can’t, 1m plus where extra safety measures in pubs etc are in place when they reopen
  • If you have symptoms self-isolate for 7 days and book a test
  • If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you must self-isolate for 14 days, whether you have symptoms or not. Look out for the call from 0300 013 5000

The Local Outbreak Control Plan can be found here.

(Updated June 24)

More businesses can re-open

From Saturday, July 4, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.

More people can meet-up

From Saturday, July 4,  two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

The Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

People who were shielding or extremely vulnerable

  • Advisory guidance to be eased for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people across England, as virus infection rates continue to fall
  • From Monday, July 6, those shielding from coronavirus can gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household
  • Government shielding support package will remain in place until the end of July when people will no longer be advised to shield.

(Updated June 15)

Castle Grounds Toilets

Tamworth’s public toilets in the Castle Grounds are now open seven days a week, with a number of additional safety measures in place.

The toilets and Changing Places facility will open for five or six hours per day to coincide with the town centre and Castle Grounds’ busiest days. Find out more here.

Car Parking Charges

Parking charges in all Tamworth Borough Council car parks will be applicable again from Monday, June 15, coinciding with the wider reopening of town centres.

Free parking will continue for NHS staff members, health and social care workers and NHS volunteer responders in line with the Government initiative. Those eligible should be able to get passes from their employers which must be displayed in vehicles. Find out more here.

(Updated June 1)

A number of changes come into effect on June 1. This includes: 

  • Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.
  • Some schools have reopened to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children
  • Open air markets and car showrooms can reopen if they have taken appropriate Covid-secure safety measures

The full guidance on the June 1 changes can be found in the Government's guide to staying alert and safe.

Scams

There has been a noticeable increase in cybercrime and fraud as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It is therefore even more important to be vigilant, especially where personal and/or financial information is being shared, to ensure that you don’t become a victim of a scam. Scams can come in many forms and look more sophisticated than ever making it difficult to distinguish the genuine from the fake.

Information on the type of scams currently doing the rounds, and how to protect yourself, is available on the Staffordshire County Council website. You can report scam messages or emails to the police via the Action Fraud website. You should contact your bank immediately if you have already given out bank details or think you have lost money because someone has used your card or bank details fraudulently.

Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace provides testing for anyone who has coronavirus symptoms to see if they have the virus.

It gets in touch with everyone who has had a postive test result and helps them to share information about any recent close contacts they have had.

It alerts those contacts, when necessary, and notifies them they need to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you have been told you have been exposed to an infected person, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

Guidance for employers, businesses and workers

Guidance for people notified by the NHS Test and Trace

(Updated May 27)

Dementia Support Newsletter

This newsletter is packed full of dementia support tips and guidance to help you during this unsettling time. Whether you are a carer, living with dementia or one of your family or friends has dementia – read here.

Symptoms

A loss, or change, in taste or smell has been added to the list of common coronavirus symptom, along with a new continuos cough and a high temperature. People should self isolate if they experience the onset of any of those symptoms. Please visit the NHS website for more information.

Plans for recovery

(Updated May 12, 11am)

The Government has now set out its plans for the next phases of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The key new documents and information can be found below:

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Household Waste Recycling Centres in Staffordshire will reopen on a restricted basis next Thursday(May 14) for essential waste disposal only - this is where waste cannot be stored safely at home or disposed of through usual kerbside collections. Tamworth residents can use the centres at Lichfield or Burntwood 'if absolutely essential'.
Please visit this Staffordshire County Council webpage for more information on what the HWRC can be used for initially.The site at Lower House Farm in North Warwickshire, which can be used by Tamworth residents, will reopen on Monday, May 18, again subject to a number of restrictions. It will be open for 'essential' use only and subject to an online booking system. More information is available from Warwickshire County Council.

Updates from April 22

Redundancy and recruitment help during Covid-19

Have you been made redundant or at risk of redundancy because of coronavirus? The Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a redundancy and recruitment triage service to support employers and employees affected by redundancies in the area.The service will match those recently made redundant with new work in growth sectors. Find out more here.

Click here to find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mental Health

Grants available for Voluntary Mental Health Service Groups
The Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) launched on April 16, for Voluntary and Community Sector organisations based in England to continue to provide mental health services, or provide additional support, during Covid-19. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care). As part of this funding programme, NSUN is administering a smaller fund to support user-led organisations (ULOs) and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Grants of up to £1000 will be available to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period. This fund will open by the end of April. More information can be found here.

Child Benefit

If you’re not able to register the birth of your child because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still make a claim to receive Child Benefit. It can take up to 12 weeks to process a new Child Benefit claim (or longer if you’re new to the UK). Child Benefit can be backdated for up to 3 months.

Help with Prepayment Meters - Electricity and Gas

Energy companies are offering some support for people who are self isolating and not able to get out to put money on their pre-payment meters or struggling to pay due to loss of income. They are giving people two weeks worth of gas and electricity but this has to be re-paid when self isolation comes to an end or they get back into work.  

Follow this link to the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice, or contact your energy provider directly for advice and support.

Energy company contact numbers:

British Gas- 0333 202 9802
EDF - 0333 200 5100
EON - 0345 052 000 or visit EON's website for more information
N Power - 0800 073 3000
Scottish Power - 0800 027 0072
SSE - 0345 026 2658

Information from March 24

 Useful and accurate sources of information

What can I do to reduce my risk of catching coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues straight in the bin and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

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