Coronavirus (COVID-19) news
National lockdown announced for England
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tonight (Monday, 4 January) announced England will enter another national lockdown.
Additional lateral flow testing sites now open for Birmingham residents
Birmingham residents can now get tested for Covid even if they don’t have symptoms at additional sites across the city.
Joint statement from the seven West Midlands metropolitan authorities
As we approach the festive season, we have a very simple message for everyone in the West Midlands: The single biggest thing we can all do for our families and friends this Christmas is keep them safe
Birmingham City Council develop communication campaign to further support disadvantaged communities
Birmingham City Council’s Public Health Division have successfully tendered for additional community support services to ensure COVID-19 and Test and Trace messages are shared widely with the city.
Payments and penalties: new measures launched to encourage self-isolation for Covid-19 cases
New measures will be introduced for people who test positive for Covid-19 from today (Monday, 28 September) including fines for failing to self-isolate and financial support for those on low incomes.
Curfews, coverings and costly fines: new measures to protect against Covid-19 introduced for businesses
Businesses could be subject to new fines of £10,000 if they fail to adhere to new guidance surrounding measures such as curfews and face coverings announced by the Government yesterday (Tuesday).
Direction Order issued to Birmingham restaurant for flouting Covid-19 rules
The Tipu Sultan restaurant is the first business in the city to receive a Direction Order from Birmingham City Council after it was found to be breaching Covid-19 guidelines.
Drop and collect covid-19 testing service introduced in Birmingham
Birmingham City Council has launched a new drop and collect service to provide citizens an easier opportunity to get tested for coronavirus.
We can't afford to drop our guard
Council leaders today urged people and businesses across the West Midlands to keep following advice to reduce the threat of further lockdowns, insisting: "We can't afford to drop our guard now."
Southside BID and Birmingham City Council work together to support Covid-19 recovery
Proposals to close a key road in Birmingham to create a temporary alfresco dining and drinking area have moved forward following a positive meeting between Southside BID and Birmingham City Council.
COVID-19 cases down across the region but no room for complacency
West Midlands councils today warned there is no room for complacency as public health teams continue their efforts to prevent further COVID-19 lockdowns across the region.
Birmingham commits to supporting buses post-lockdown
Birmingham City Council has published its Birmingham Bus Statement; outlining how it will support buses as the UK recovers from Covid-19 and its subsequent lockdown.
Businesses urged to claim outstanding grants as economy moves from crisis to recovery
Eligible businesses who have yet to submit their financial details to receive Government grants of £10,000 or £25,000 are being urged to contact Birmingham City Council by the end of June.
Further footway widening on Ladypool Road
From Monday 1 June, temporary footway widening will be introduced along Ladypool Road in Sparkbrook, Birmingham to help with social distancing.
Birmingham announces measures as part of new Emergency Transport Plan
Birmingham City Council has launched its Emergency Transport Plan outlining plans for a wide range of measures to support walking, cycling and public transport across the city, in light of COVID-19.
Lord Mayor’s team pick up 30,000 face masks for frontline workers donated by Nanjing
Members of the Lord Mayor’s team collected a shipment of 30,000 face masks, donated by the city of Nanjing - one of Birmingham’s partner cities in China - yesterday (12 May 2020).
Grant pay-outs rapidly under way
Council officers have been pushing out all the stops, including working on weekends, to process submissions from Birmingham business to receive grants to support their businesses.
Observing Ramadan at home
The month of Ramadan has arrived at a difficult time that has impacted our home and work life.