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New restrictions in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull announced to drive down infection rate

New restrictions on meeting other people have been announced in order to push down the coronavirus rate of infection in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

The West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, has announced that households in Birmingham have been banned from mixing in new measures announced following a spike in coronavirus cases.

The announcement was made at a briefing in Birmingham this afternoon (Friday 11th September 2020).

The restrictions are being introduced amid a huge rise in city coronavirus infections. The rate in Birmingham on 7 September was up to 85.4 per 100,000 people, up from 32 in the previous week.

The new restrictions will mean that from September 15 households in Sandwell, Birmingham and Solihull will not be able to mix households, either indoors or in private gardens, except for those in a support bubble.

Andy Street has said:

So to emphasise, this is about mixing between households, it is not about prevention of schools, workplaces, transport, any of the other options – it is about household mixing.”

Work settings are unaffected as the new restrictions do not prevent businesses, schools or transport providers from operating.