The Government has today announced that Wolverhampton will be subject to Tier 3 restrictions when the national Covid-19 lockdown ends next week.

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "Infection rates in Wolverhampton have stabilised but remain high across the region, despite everyone's best efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19. This means hundreds of people in the city are testing positive each week and, tragically, the virus continues to claim lives.

“With the prospect of a vaccine on the horizon, we’re seeing a much welcome glimmer of hope for a brighter future. But I can’t stress enough that we’re still some way off being able to return to normality. We need to do everything we can to keep ourselves and each other safe over Christmas and the winter. 

“That means continuing to be alert, looking out for vulnerable relatives and doing our best to continue to drive the rates down. People must remember ‘Hands, Space, Face’ and get tested if they have any symptoms.

“Ultimately this is the Government’s decision which we have to abide by and we understand the impact this will have on city business. We are waiting for details on how the Government will provide support during this period.

"We have a proud tradition of looking after our own here in Wolverhampton, and I am confident we will continue to pull together and do everything we can to keep each other safe.”

Latest data shows there were 319.2 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 23 November. That means 839 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that 7 day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be considerably higher.

For full details of the Tier 3 measures, please visit GOV.UK.

Please remember that the current national lockdown restrictions remain in place until Wednesday. To find out more about these measures, please visit Covid Alert.