Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

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This week’s Updates

by Ian Shires on 7 June, 2020

Round up of information and advice:

 Keep up-to-date with Walsall Council on Coronavirus (Corvid-19)


Advice for businesses re-opening

As lock-down eases, Walsall Council will be monitoring the impact on local centres, local communities and parks so that they can respond with interventions to facilitate social distancing and facilitate the reopening of local businesses. They have said that they know that queuing will be a big concern for shops, banks and their customers and some businesses have sought advice from the Council around how best to operate.

In response the Walsall Council put together some key pointers to consider as follows:

  • Try to manage queues within the confines of your frontage wherever possible to avoid impacting your neighbours. If this isn’t possible, please talk to neighbouring premises and work together. As a last resort, it may be possible to use space on the road however this must be with the prior agreement of the Council so that we can ensure the safety of road users and your customers.
  • Try to define areas to indicate where pedestrians should stand whilst queuing – the council are happy for you to use the space on the footway but please leave room for pedestrians to pass safely.
  • If you are able to have a dedicated member of staff managing the queue for your business or shop during busier times we would encourage you to do so
  •  Use “Please come back later” signs when capacity is reached or “Queue time is 10 minute from this point!” – the council are happy for you to put these on the footway without prior permission but please be considerate to pedestrians and other businesses when you place them.

NHS Track and Trace

How NHS Test and Trace will contact you

You’ll be contacted by email, text or phone.

Text messages will come from the NHS. Calls will come from 0300 0135000.

Children under 18 will be contacted by phone wherever possible and asked for their parent or guardian’s permission to continue the call.

You’ll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website at https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.

If you cannot use the contact tracing website, they will call you.


 The NHS Test and Trace service will not:

  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087

Living With Diabetes Workshop by Walsall Healthwatch

‘We are holding a series of diabetes workshops virtually at 11am on the 11th, 17th June and 9th July using ZOOM and would welcome people who have diabetes to participate.

It’s a great opportunity for people to help shape health and social care services for the future and your views really matter. We shall guide you through using ZOOM. It is simple to download and we will guide through it.

We shall be discussing how people manage their condition and how people are supported in the community to manage diabetes and some of the challenges people face.

For further information please see the attached flyer or call Paul on 07732683463’.

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