DO THE right thing to stop the spread of Covid-19 this Easter and stay safe – that’s the message from Solihull Council.
New rules mean two households or up to six people can now meet outdoors, including in private gardens.
However people heading to a park to meet with friends or family, or going to someone’s garden for a catch up, should still maintain the two metres of social distancing says the council.
One of the issues with Covid is that one in three people who have the virus do not show symptoms.
The authority is suggesting to ensure people are not passing on the virus to others it might be worth building rapid lateral flow testing for Covid into people’s weekly routines.
These tests can be done for free at either North Solihull Sports Centre or Tudor Grange Leisure Centre by booking an appointment through the Council website.
Alternatively, people can get a free test without an appointment at the Council’s Covid-19 community mobile testing unit, which will be out and about this weekend:
Asda Chelmsley Wood, in the car park:
Saturday, April 3 – 10am-2pm
Smith’s Wood Village Centre, Burtons Way, outside the Quids In shop:
Monday, April 5 – 10am-2pm
Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately for a full 10 days.
This guidance still applies even if they have received one or more doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
If people show a positive result from a lateral flow test they should also take a follow-up PCR within two days.
This must booked via the online national booking system or by calling 119 to access a test (local sites include Monkspath Hall Road Mobile Testing Unit and Birmingham Airport).
Self-isolation can be difficult, but the Council has local teams who can arrange help and support on 0121 704 6793 or visit the Council website.