Local Restrictions in Birmingham
Page last updated: Monday 14 September 2020, 12:45
We understand that staff and students may be concerned about the impact of the latest announcement about the introduction of additional local restrictions across the city of Birmingham following a continuing rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the city. It is important to note that this rise in infection rates is being driven mainly by social interactions between households and not in workplaces nor educational settings.
This does not mean that Birmingham is returning to a full lockdown, but rather that there will be increased restrictions on some activities and businesses in order to help reduce the rate of positive cases. These additional local restrictions are in addition to the government’s latest national policy on restricted gatherings of more than six people indoors or outdoors and means that from Tuesday 15 September people who live in Birmingham will not be able to mix socially with any other households, indoors or in private gardens, except those in a support bubble (this applies both inside and outside the city boundaries). This does not apply to hospitality settings (bars, restaurants and cafes).
These additional restrictions will be reviewed on a weekly basis by Birmingham City Council in liaison with the Department for Health and Social Care.
Education is not affected by the restrictions, and all nurseries, schools, colleges and universities are expected to continue to operate as planned. Similarly, the majority of businesses are expected to continue to operate. We have already put measures in place to ensure that campus can open safely for staff and students, and anticipate that most of our activities will continue as planned with a combination of online and on-campus activity.
We have prepared a series of FAQs to help answer any questions you might have about what this means for your work, study or arrival on campus.