Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Health experts urge Bradford residents to continue to ‘stay home’ and put their own and others’ safety first


STAY home as much as possible – that continues to be the key message from public health experts to people living across Bradford District.  

Bradford Council has joined other local authorities across West Yorkshire in encouraging residents to put their own and others’ safety first by going further than the Government’s “Stay Alert” message.

Bradford’s public health experts say it’s important not to divert from the original “Stay Home” message until the region starts to see a bigger decline in the spread of coronavirus infections.

New figures have revealed that the R value – the rate at which the virus is transmitted - for Yorkshire and North East is the highest in England (0.8), double the number for London (0.4). The bigger the number, the faster the virus is spreading in the community.

The Government's repeated objective has been to get the rate of infection below 1.0, before any revisions of lockdown would be considered.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19): what you need to do

As of 10 May 2020 the Government has announced an update to the rules people have to follow to help tackle the coronavirus emergency and slow the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) while easing the current lockdown. 

To find out more about the latest guidance please visit our coronavirus advice page

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People urged to be responsible in their use of green-spaces

Bradford Council has reopened a number of its countryside car parks after the easing of some of the Government’s restrictions around controlling the spread of the coronavirus, and it is urging people to use these spaces responsibly.

The local authority has taken a phased approach and it opened 16 of its car parks on Thursday 14 May to allow members of the same household to visit together to exercise or to enjoy the scenery.

Although the guidance on exercise and visiting outdoor spaces now means that people can drive to beauty spots to exercise or enjoy the scenery, Bradford Council is encouraging people to continue to walk to local parks and green-spaces in preference to driving to ones further away.

This is in line with the Government’s campaign messages which still encourages people to stay at home as much as possible, but now says that they can take part in more outdoor activities.

Beware of scam emails about Council Tax Reduction

Beware of a scam email pretending to offer a Council Tax Reduction refund in order to get your bank details. The email pretends to be from the official GOV.UK website.

If you think you should be claiming Council Tax Reduction, please contact us via the benefits pages of our website.

If you receive an email about Council Tax Reduction and are unsure if it’s genuine, please call our benefits team on 01274 432772.

Stay at home as much as possible

  • Work from home if you can
  • Avoid public transport if possible
  • Local parks and green spaces are available for your daily outdoor exercise
  • Always keep your distance in public (at least 2 metres apart)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • And if you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, you must all self-isolate

Do you need help or support?

Need help? Call 01274 431000

If you need help or have a particular need please ring and talk to one of our friendly team who will take some details and pass them onto the relevant service. Call 01274 431000.

We can help by:

  • picking up shopping
  • delivering a food parcel to eligible people
  • ringing for a friendly chat
  • problem solving

See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.

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Are you concerned about someone's safety?

If you have a concern about the safety of a child or a vulnerable adult, do not keep it to yourself. Report your concern on the Safer Bradford website. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Or call:

  • For children 01274 435600 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • For adults 01274 431077 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • If someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999

Don’t think, “What if I’m wrong?”. Think, “What if I’m right!”

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Stay safe while out for exercise

Please follow the Government’s advice when leaving your home for exercise and observe the 2 metre rule for staying a safe distance apart. For more information about where you can walk in the Bradford district, and how to stay safe while you do so, visit our public green space and rights of way guidance page.

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Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 online coronavirus service at

Helpful links

Government advice: what you need to do

NHS coronavirus advice and information

Bradford district coronavirus advice and information

Support for businesses

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