Covid 19 Update from Government and Staffordshire County Council on Tier 4 and Testing:
30th December 2020 – Staffordshire was placed into Tier 4
What does Tier 4 mean?
Full details of what is required can be found on the Government website - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home
In brief though, you must:
Stay at home. You must not leave your home unless you have a “reasonable excuse” such as work, education, essential shopping or medical appointments
In general, you must not meet socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble or with one other person
You must not meet indoors socially with any other household, unless part of your support bubble
Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised not to work if they cannot work from home
All shops deemed non-essential by the Government must close
Hairdressers and barbers must close
Indoor entertainment venues must close
Gyms and indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts and dance studios must close
COVID-19 hotspots: get a test
If you live in one of Staffordshire's COVID-19 hotspots please take part in our community testing programme for people without symptoms. Click on the link below to find a list of hotspots and testing.
Identifying more people who have the virus, so they can self-isolate, will help to reduce the spread of infection.
The current Covid hotspot areas are:
Cannock Chase – Cannock Town
East Staffordshire – Burton (all town wards), Needwood and Rolleston
Lichfield – None
Newcastle – Whole borough
South Staffordshire - None
Stafford – Coton and Littleworth
Staffordshire Moorlands - Werrington and Cellarhead
Tamworth – None
Rapid Covid testing is taking place at a number of locations for residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent only. Results will be available in around 30 minutes. People can check availability and book at Welcome to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Community Test Sites Appointment System https://staffordshire.zipporah.co.uk/TrackAndTrace/
Testing sites at Beaconside in Stafford, the Ryecroft Car Park, Newcastle, Keele Science and Innovation Park, Beecroft Road Car Park in Cannock and Burton Town Hall are all open from 8am to 8pm every day.
These are nationally run sites and should be booked through the national portal at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119. The portal automatically offers the site nearest to your postcode.
Appointments at the two Mobile Testing Units can also be booked through the national portal.
If there is no testing taking place locally, residents can book via the national portal at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and choose the option “my local council has asked me to book a test”. People with symptoms should self-isolate and also book a test through the national site only.
Household Waste and Recycling Centres remain open
All of our Household Waste and Recycling Centres will remain open during the period of Tier 4 restrictions. Staffordshire County Council have put measures in place to keep you safe.
Washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping your distance are also simple steps, which together can make a huge difference.