Wolverhampton will follow Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull by imposing stricter lockdown measures to cope with a rise in coronavirus cases.From September 22nd, different households will not be allowed to mix at their homes or gardens. The Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council says 90 per cent of new cases have originated in the home.
What do 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.
The measures will not affect schools, public transport or workplaces, though people are being told that they should still practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
The latest data shows that confirmed cases have risen fivefold in a fortnight.
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 s why for the last few days we've been urging households to stay apart from one another."
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.
The message has been reinforced by John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health who said everyone in the city "has a role to play in the fight against coronavirus".
“The new rules are mandatory, so please follow them," he added.
Speaking earlier in the week, the West Midlands mayor, Andy Street said: "The areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household."
"The ban will take effect from Tuesday 15th September, but residents are advised to avoid household mixing before then as it has been identified as one of the drivers of transmission."