Full details of the regulations, which are being introduced to help stem the spread of Covid-19, have now been published by the Government at GOV.UK or via Local restrictions in Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton became an area of national intervention on Friday week due to a sustained raise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The new restrictions mean:
- you must not allow people you don't live with or who are not part of your support bubble into your home or garden
- you must not visit people you do not live with or who are not part of your support bubble in their home or garden in Wolverhampton or elsewhere
- people can only come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law (see the guidance for further details)
These restrictions apply to everyone living and working within the city of Wolverhampton and will be law. Fines could be levied on anyone breaking them.
The measures will not affect schools, public transport or workplaces, though people should still practice social distancing and wear a face covering where required. Households within a support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight and visit public places together.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Everyone in Wolverhampton has a role to play in the fight against coronavirus and we all need to take these new restrictions extremely seriously in order to protect each other and keep everyone safe.
"It's really important that we all make ourselves familiar with these new guidelines – and even more important that we all follow them."
As well as avoiding household to household contact, people are reminded they should continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance:
- Hands: Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds
- Face: Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult or where you encounter people you do not normally meet
- Space: Stay 2m apart from people you do not live with, or 1m-plus with extra precautions in place if 2m is not possible
People should also get a test if they have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, by visiting NHS or calling 119, and share their contact details for Test and Trace purposes.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information.