Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Free parking for health and social care workers


Council leaders have agreed to continue to allow health and social care workers to park free of charge in the Bradford district. This comes as many other parking services, restrictions and enforcement activities return to business as usual over the next few weeks.

If you are a health or social care worker, you work for the NHS or are a COVID-19 volunteer you will benefit. This includes you if you work in a care home or are a home care worker.

All you need to do to register and benefit from the free parking is email us your car registration number and send proof of your employment. Further information on how to register and who can apply can be found on our website.  

 Approval of a virtual permit request will allow the named vehicle to use all Bradford Council car parks without charge. This concession will be available over the entire district all days and hours of operation.

Council parking services start to return to normal

Pay and display charge enforcement will be reinstated and free parking will no longer be available for Council staff and volunteers, unless they are a health or social care worker.

The decision to reintroduce enforcement of parking restrictions was taken following consultation with other local authorities and guidance received from the British Parking Association and The Local Government Association.

Bradford Council has agreed the following:

  • W/C 24 May - Warning notices to be issued to vehicles observed parked in contravention.
  • W/C 1 June – Recommence bus lane enforcement, issuing of Penalty Charge Notices on-street and off-street.
  • W/C 15 June - Parking charges reinstated and warning notices issued for one week for non-compliance of pay and display related contraventions.
  • W/C 22 June - Penalty Charge Notices issued for all contraventions including pay and display.

As people are being encouraged to use their cars to get to work or to cycle, we need to ensure that bus lanes are free of other vehicles to ensure bus journey times.

The re-introduction of charges encourages appropriate parking and ensures that there is a turnover of spaces in key locations. This benefits visitors and shoppers as it allows parking close to amenities. Car parks remain operational for longer stay purposes.

We will be following British Parking Association (BPA) advice and particularly focusing on dangerous and obstructive parking and loading bays, yellow lines, bus stops, disabled bays, taxi ranks, dropped kerbs, pedestrian crossings, tactile pavements, limited waiting, cycle lanes and time restricted areas.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “By continuing to provide free parking we are supporting the critical role played by NHS workers and carers and enable them to continue to provide essential services to our most vulnerable residents.

“As the district moves slowly towards the easing of lockdown guidelines and the Government announcement that retail can start again from 15 June, it is essential that residents and businesses can start to go about their normal day as usual. The return of parking services will encourage motorists to park more responsibly. Disabled bays will be available for badge holders who require access close to the location they are visiting, safety will be improved due to the enforcement of dangerous and anti-social parking on pavements and commercial vehicles will be able to load and unload.

“We are informing people well ahead of when the changes will be made to make sure that everyone is aware and to give time for those eligible to apply for a virtual permit. We will also be issuing messages closer to the date each change is being introduced.”

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Stay safe in the warm weather

Bradford’s Public Health team is reminding people to take care in the sun as the weather heats up.

The elderly, those with chronic illnesses, young children and babies can be at risk of being affected by the hot temperatures, so it is important to make sure that they are well protected by staying in the shade, using sun cream and drinking plenty of fluids.

Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day when safe to do so.

People can protect themselves by following the Sun Smart messages:

  • Spend time in the shade between 11am to 3pm
  • Make sure you never burn by taking sensible precautions
  • Aim to cover up with a t-shirt, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Remember to take extra care with children
  • Then use a factor 15 plus sunscreen
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Parents urged to quit smoking to stop their children taking up the habit

1,179 children aged 11-15 years old take up smoking in the district every year according to a new report by Imperial College London for Cancer research UK, two thirds of whom will go on to become daily smokers.

According to Bradford Council’s Living Well Team, one of the best ways to stop children smoking is by making your home smoke free and setting an example by quitting smoking.

Children whose parents smoke are nearly three times as likely to become smokers themselves highlighting the importance of making an attempt to quit smoking.

Parents are being encouraging to take action on 31 May for World Health Organisation’s World No Tobacco Day.

Getting support to quit from Bradford Council Living Well team could triple your chances of making a successful attempt. You can contact them on 01274 437700. There is also advice on how to make your home smoke free available on our webpage for families.

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Breastfeeding Celebration Week, 1-7 June

During Breastfeeding Celebration Week, Bradford Council is reassuring new parents or any parents that need help and support with breastfeeding their infant that we are #StillHereToHelp.

The Bradford Breastfeeding Buddies are still offering help and advice during the current lockdown. They are offering telephone advice - Text FEED to 66777 with your name, postcode and baby’s date of birth (or due date) and you will receive a call back. Or send a direct message to the team on Facebook

The Better Start Bradford Breastfeeding team offer telephone/email support and advice on feeding issues – languages available: English Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and German. Call Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm 01274 287968, Mon-Fri 5pm – 8pm and Sat 9am – 5pm on 07903 174429 or email: [email protected]

Health experts urge safety first approach as lockdown rules ease from Monday

ON the eve of an easing in lockdown restrictions, Bradford’s health experts have joined forces to reinforce the importance of safe social distancing.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals and the council’s Public Health team have come together to urge the community to still stay at home wherever possible.

It is also being encouraged to continue with regular hand-washing, and refrain from hugs and handshakes after it was announced that groups of up to six people from different households will be able to meet outside from Monday.

They can get together in private gardens - in addition to parks - as long as households keep two metres apart and adhere to stringent hygiene safeguards. These include frequent hand-washing and maintaining a minimum of two metre social distancing.  It is not permitted to stay overnight.

“While Monday marks a gradual relaxation in England’s lockdown rules, it’s important that there is no relaxation in our efforts to keep ourselves and others as safe as possible,” said Mel Pickup, Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary.

“Despite everyone’s support in fighting the spread of the virus, every week our doctors and nurses are still caring for new patients admitted with COVID-19.

“The virus is still out there and remains a threat to us all.

Bradford’s Director of Public Health, Sarah Muckle, echoed the “safety-first” message.

“We are working hard to slow down the spread of COVID-19 infections in Bradford and everyone has a role to play in achieving this.

“These changes mean friends and family can start to meet loved ones for the first time since March.

“Yet it’s important that this long-awaited moment for many is carried out as safely as possible - especially the need to always keep a distance between people.

“People in our community who have been identified as clinically vulnerable, and are currently shielding, should continue to do so to put their own and others’ health first.”

She added: “We are concerned that some people may interpret Monday’s relaxing of lockdown measures to think that lives have gone back to normal - but they have not.”

With warm sunny weather forecast, the Council has asked people not to head to beauty spots, warning that crowds heighten the risks of the virus spreading.

  • To date (May 29), there have been 1,294 confirmed cases and 467 deaths relating to COVID-19 in Bradford District.

Make sure your children are vaccinated message from Bradford health experts

Health experts in Bradford are strongly advising that you make and keep your children’s immunisation appointments as planned.

new guide, available online, for parents and carers of young children is reinforcing the message that it is important to make sure your children are up-to-date with their vaccinations.

Protecting your children from a number of potentially serious illnesses means they are more likely to remain healthy and reduce pressures on NHS services.

Victims of domestic abuse and violence reminded service are #StillHereToHelp

We are reminding residents that services that support domestic abuse or sexual violence victims are still open and can still be contacted now lockdown restrictions have been loosened.

Now some restrictions have been eased, services are continuing to reach out to anyone who needs help to reassure them they are not alone and services are still open and here to help.

You can find support on our coronavirus help page or read more below.

During the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, families may need additional support to stay healthy. The following is a series of guides which will help you and your family remain healthy and safe:

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 at home as much as possible

Coronavirus advice May 2020

  • 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
  • If you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, you must all self-isolate

See the latest Government guidance on staying alert and safe.

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

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus 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

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Helpful links

UK Government guidance and support

NHS coronavirus advice and information

Bradford district coronavirus advice and information

Support for local businesses


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