People are being reminded to stay safe and to adhere to the measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19 this Mothering Sunday.

Traditionally a time for extended family to get together, this year’s Mother's Day celebrations will be different for many because of the ongoing pandemic.

Although the country took the first steps out of lockdown this week, people are reminded that they must stay at home unless necessary. 

If they must go out, they should not mix with anyone outside of their household or support bubble – although individuals can now meet outside with one other person who is not part of their household or bubble for recreation as long as both practice social distancing. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We know that, normally, people would be celebrating this special day in different circumstances and we hope they can do so again soon. 

"But this year, for most people, Mother's Day will have to be different. We must remember that, while Covid-19 infection rates have fallen dramatically thanks to the lockdown and the rollout of the vaccine, we are not out of the woods yet, and that's why it is so important that people continue to follow the guidance.

"If you can’t meet up as a you would have liked this year, please make sure you celebrate this special day by keeping in touch over the phone or online instead."

Chief Superintendent Andy Beard of Wolverhampton Police said: "We appreciate that most people will continue to want to do the right thing to protect public health and the health of their loved ones and will continue to comply with the current restrictions.

"When we receive calls for alleged breaches, officers will positively and politely engage in conversation and through explanation or encouragement seek to resolve the breach. If we are faced with significant and blatant breaches with large gatherings, people can expect to receive enforcement action.

"I would like to take this opportunity to again thank everyone across Wolverhampton for their continued support and compliance with the Covid-19 restrictions."

Latest figures show there were 60.2 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the 7 days to 9 March. That means 158 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that 7 day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages. Information about the vaccine can be found at Covid-19 Vaccine. Further details of the lockdown restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at Covid Alert