'Covid-19 Alert Level to move to High in Staffordshire
Staffordshire moves to High Alert for Covid-19
The Government has confirmed that Staffordshire will move to High Alert for Covid-19 from 00:01 on Saturday 31 October.
This means it will be illegal for people to meet socially indoors with another household, unless part of a ‘support bubble’. The new rules apply in both homes and public settings such as pubs and restaurants.
High Alert status will be reviewed in 14 days.
New restrictions for High Alert level
- You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
- You must not meet indoors with people in any other alert level, including those living in a lower alert level
- You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than six. The “Rule of Six” includes children of any age
- You can still travel to other areas, but you are advised to limit your trips as much as possible
- You should not visit relatives in care homes unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- You can find the full guidance on the government website.
What this means for you: FAQs
We are a family of four, can we still see my parents?
While you can no longer meet with members of another household indoors, even your family, you can meet them outside as long as you stick to the rule of six.
How long will Staffordshire be in the HIGH alert category?
The alert levels are reviewed by Government every two weeks with decisions made on latest data on case rates and testing results.
What about childcare?
You can still use registered childminders and unpaid family or friends who for example, pick up your children from school while you work. You can’t however for example, have someone to look after your children in your home so you can go out for the evening.
You must continue to wear a face covering inside any shop and continue to follow the Government’s Hands, Face, Space guidance.
However, it does make sense to continue to take extra care as cases continue to rise.
Covid-19 Alert Levels
The Government’s three tier alerts are: Medium, High and Very High.
The main difference between Medium and High is the additional laws on households mixing indoors. The Very High Alert would see even tougher restrictions, including some businesses being forced to close.
A Coronavirus update from Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council -
Welcome to the COVID Testing Appointment System
Who can get a test?
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Coronavirus symptoms are:
You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.
Tests are currently available for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire residents only
You can also get a test if:
you live in England and have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
your local council asks you to get a test
you have been informed by Test & Trace that you are a close contact of a confirmed case
Book your COVID-19 test
If you or someone you live with has any coronavirus symptoms, you can book a test using this service on the link below.
PLEASE NOTE You can only book an appointment 24 hours in advance
Extra Measures for Burton
Burton Local Outbreak Control
Burton Extra – New advice for Anglesey, Shobnall, Horninglow and Eton Park
The Government is bringing in new laws in England on Monday 14, in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.
In Burton, despite local efforts, the number of cases continues to rise. We are also introducing new Extra rules that Burton residents must follow along with the new national laws.
Unless people do, it is likely that the Government will step in and Burton could be put under “lockdown” with further bans on activities and businesses forced to close.
Burton Extra: How the Extra measures apply to you
- England: Anyone with symptoms must stay home and get a Covid-19 test. If you test positive you will need to stay home for 10 days. Children should not be sent to school if they have symptoms.
- Burton Extra: Spot checks will be made on confirmed cases to make sure people are not going out.
- England:If you test positive, everyone you live with and other people you have been in close contact with will need to stay in for 14 days
- Burton Extra: Follow-up letters are being sent and visits will be made to homes to make sure people are not going out
- England: Face coverings mut be worn on public transport and in shops
- Burton Extra: Checks are being carried out. Fines will be considered for those not wearing one
- England:From Monday it will be against the law for people to meet in groups of more than six. A limited list of exemptions to the “rule of six” will be published on the Government website
- Burton Extra: You should avoid meeting with other households. If you must, this should be with no more than one other household in one week and no more than the maximum number
- England: No more than 30 at weddings, funerals and organised sports activities
- Burton Extra: Applies to all religious ceremonies. Under-3s and over-65s should not attend
- England:Shop, pubs and restaurants must follow the national Covid-19 guidance.
- Burton Extra: Spot checks and risk of closure for businesses who ignore the rules. No more than two customers allowed in small shops
We are counting on you to go the Extra mile to protect your family and your community
September 2020 Back to School - Active School Travel
Can you walk, scoot or cycle either all or some of the journey to and from school? September 2020 Back to School is not the normal start of the school year for any of our Staffordshire Schools, or their pupils. There is a risk that if more parents choose to use the car for the whole of the school journey areas will see increased congestion, parking problems and air pollution.
As a parent here is why active travel is the choice for you:
- Walking, scooting or cycling helps pupils reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
- Active travel helps pupils develop road safety skills.
- Active travel keeps our streets free from congestion and is good for the environment.
- Active travel helps pupils arrive at school alert for lessons.
- It's free!
Great tips to make your walk, cycle or scoot to school the fun:
Walking cycling or scooting to school doesn’t just help the environment, it helps you to be fit and active and ready to learn:
Tips for making active travel easier and the school gates clear of traffic and safe:
- Pushed for time? Walking, cycling or scooting can take less time than in the car, especially if you re-time your journey outside of busy periods. If time still feels tight, commit to actively travelling to school for a couple of days a week and then step it up when you’ve cracked the morning routine.
- Too far to walk or heading to work? Park and stride it. Where can you leave your car and walk the last 10 minutes.
- Bad weather? Keep the all-weather wear to hand and make the journey to school fun.
- Map out and try out a new route now so that you and your children are more aware and confident.
- Make it fun - arrange to meet friends and walk together or turn the journey into a game. Are you on a nature trail or playing ‘I Spy?’
- Buddy up - could you take turns with other families to walk to school? It’s fun for your kids to walk with their friends and easier on you.
- Walk home and not both ways - is the walk to school too tricky? Can you do the walk home?
- Using childcare? Does your childcare provider build walking into their day?
Did you know that going to school in the car could mean you’re exposed to twice as much air pollution than walking, cycling or scooting the same route so why not walk, cycle or scoot? Here’s some great tips to start the day the right way:
Game on! Games to make every school journey an adventure:
- iSpy - See if you spot an object that begins with each letter of the alphabet and then swap over!
- Scavenger hunt - Create a shortlist of things your children need to look for on their journey. The one that spots most wins!
- Nature sleuth - Nature is all around no matter where you live. So, how many cats did you see? Which bird is loudest?
- Categories - Think of a category, like flowers, colours, animals, vegetables, and take it in turns to name something in that category.
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!
- Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
The following chart may be helpful to understand the differences between the Coronavirus, a common cold and Flu
Please click into the links below for more information
- Up-to-date information from Gov.UK:
- NHS - Symptoms and Treatment
- Advice on Home Isolation:
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
This helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.