New legal restrictions on households in Wolverhampton mixing with each other have been announced by the Government in a bid to tackle rising coronavirus cases in the city.
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 www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/restrictions.
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 seven 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.