They will come into force from Tuesday (22 September), though residents are urged to follow them from today.
The new restrictions mean:
- you must not allow people you don't live with or who are not part of your bubble into your home or garden
- you must not visit people you do not live with or who are not part of your bubble, in Wolverhampton or elsewhere
- only essential visits inside the home, such as by carers or for urgent repairs, will be allowed
These restrictions will be law and people could be fined for 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. For more details of the new measures, please visit Local restrictions in Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton has become an area of national intervention – along with neighbouring Sandwell, Birmingham and Solihull where similar restrictions came into force on Tuesday – due to a sustained raise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.
Latest data shows that confirmed cases have risen fivefold in a fortnight. There were around 60 cases per 100,000 residents in the 7 days to 12 September compared to 12.6 cases per 100,000 in the week to 29 August. Some 90% of cases are linked to household to household transmission.
Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "All the evidence shows that close contact within the home or between households is a major cause of the spread of Covid-19, and that's why for the last few days we've been urging households to stay apart from one another.
“We urge residents to continue to support our plea not to visit other households – this will be the law from Tuesday.
"These measures are like those which were in place at the height of the pandemic and the message is simple; you mustn't allow people who are not part of your household or bubble into your home or garden, or go to visit them in their house or garden in Wolverhampton or elsewhere.
"We've all had to do this before; now we need to do it again if we are to stop the spread of coronavirus, keep our loved ones safe and protect jobs and our economy. Please play your part and together we will get through this.”
John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: Everyone in Wolverhampton has a role to play in the fight against coronavirus and we need everyone to take these new restrictions extremely seriously in order to protect each other and keep everyone safe.
“The new rules are mandatory, so please follow them."
As well as avoiding household to household contact, people are reminded they should continue to:
- wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds
- wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult or where they encounter people they do not normally meet
- stay 2m apart from people they do not live with, or 1m-plus with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) where 2m is not possible
- get a test if they have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, by visiting Coronavirus (COVID-19) or calling 119 and share their contact details for Test and Trace purposes
Dr Salma Reehana, Clinical Chair for Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Primary Care is working hard to cater for your health needs. Your support with social distancing and following the recommendations for staying safe will really help us. Help us to help you.”
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. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS.