Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Pubs, restaurants and bars reopening


Whilst pubs, restaurants and bars are all able to open from 4 July, the coronavirus is still here and we all still need to stay safe. We don’t want a local lockdown.

Please remember that Covid-19 has not gone away. Please act sensibly to protect yourself, your friends, family, carers, staff and volunteers, and your local health and care services.

If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you must stay at home and immediately arrange to have a test, ring 111 or visit

Going out and about? What can you expect, how can you prepare?

Some places have decided to stay closed this weekend and those that are opening will be doing things differently. If you are planning on going out, it’s best to check with the venue in advance to see what their plans are. That way you’ll know what to expect and how you can prepare.

How are you going to get there and get home?


You’ll need to think about how you will travel

  • You’ll need to wear a face covering on public transport including in a taxi.
  • There will be taxis, but you might not all be able to pile in the one taxi.
  • Buses and trains might be running different timetables and may only take limited numbers of passengers.
  • Book in advance and check time tables.

Have you made a reservation?

Reserved table

  • Most places are only taking bookings, so you’ll probably not be able to just walk in and get a drink or a meal, especially this weekend. You will probably need to pre-book a table and a time slot. Check out their social media pages or give them a ring to book your table and find out what their plans are.
  • Places are booking up fast and if you’ve not booked you may not get in.

PPE – (Personal protective equipment)

Face coverings

  • Screens and barriers may be in place to separate customers.
  • You’ll be asked to use hand sanitiser and you may have to wear a face covering.
  • Bar staff will wear masks and gloves.

Social distancing

Social Distancing

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to members of any two households (or support bubbles), while outdoor gatherings are limited to members of any two households (or support bubbles), or a group of at most six people from any number of households.
  • You should stay two metres apart.
  • Staff will keep their distance when taking your orders or serving you. You are unlikely to be able to serve yourself and you may have to use an app or your phone to place you order.

Pub, bar or restaurant layout

Bar Stools

  • Tables will be two metres apart and screens will be erected at bars to protect staff.
  • You’ll not be able to queue at the bar.
  • Limits on customers will also be in place, with people only let in if there is a seat for them.
  • There will be limits on toilets as well, so you may need to queue.
  • A one-way system of sorts will probably be in place with customers entering via one door and having to leave via another.

No singing or loud music


  • Everyone loves a good sing along but to reduce the spread of Covid-19 you’ll not be allowed to sing or take part in karaoke.
  • Music will be kept low, to minimise the need to shout over it or bend your head close to talk.

Recording your visit


  • You may be asked screening questions about your health before being admitted.
  • Bars and restaurants will have to keep a record of everyone who visits.
  • Personal details are kept on file for four weeks and are used to contact people if one of the patrons later is hit with coronavirus.

Ordering and paying

Contactless payments
  • You’ll not be able to queue up at the bar and you may have to order your round of drinks using a downloaded app.
  • Most places won’t have menus on tables and many places are expected to have a reduced menu.
  • The business may only be taking card or contactless payments and not cash so make sure you take your cards with you.

Entering and leaving


  • Arrival and departure times may be staggered and you may only be able to stay for a specified period. Please arrive at your specified time – not early or late.
  • Capacity will be restricted, so you may be turned away if a business is full.
  • You may also have to wait in a queue outside and the weather’s not looking that cracking this weekend, so don’t forget your brolly or your big coat.

Enjoy yourself - Stay Safe

  • Enjoy yourself but please be responsible and follow the Covid-19 guidelines.
  • Please abide by the rules of the business and respect the decisions of the staff – they are working to the government guidelines for your safety as well as theirs.
  • This is all a new experience for everyone and we all need to work together and be kind to one another, so that it can be an enjoyable experience for staff and customers alike.

Here’s the latest Government guidance for pub, bars and restaurants:

Outdoor gyms and sports areas prepare to reopen

In line with the Government’s relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, we are preparing to reopen some outdoor sport and fitness equipment in our parks over the coming weeks.

Our parks contain almost 100-multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and outdoor gyms which will start to become available by the middle of this month for use by young people.

To keep people safe all the equipment and areas will be fully inspected by experts and provided with clear distancing and user guidance signs before reopening. 

All adults using these areas must comply with the legal social distancing and public health provisions that are currently in force.

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Bradford Council marks NHS birthday 

Happy birthday NHS


This Sunday, 5 July, is the NHS's 72nd birthday.

To mark the event, some of our buildings will be lit up NHS blue this weekend and at 5pm on Sunday we will be joining in the national final clap to say thanks to everyone who has supported the NHS during coronavirus. 

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Doreen Lee, has also recorded a special message. Watch the video

Lord mayor's birthday message to the NHS

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Restrictions lifted on birth registrations and booking weddings

New parents can now register births and couples can start planning weddings and civil partnership ceremonies after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Bradford Council’s Register Office has announced that births can now be registered after they had to temporarily suspend this service at the end of March.

Currently the Register Office has over 2200 babies to register, and the Council is urging residents who need to register births to be patient while colleagues work their way through this backlog. This is a unique situation which the Register team is working tirelessly to resolve.

Birth registrations are by appointment only and can be arranged by phoning 01274 432151.

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Do you need help or support?

Need help? Call 01274 431000 or text 07790 347390 for BSL

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 or for BSL text 07790 347389.

We can help by:

  • helping you get a priority shopping delivery slot
  • arranging food parcels for people on the government shielded list who need them
  • ringing for a friendly chat
  • referring people who are not shielded who need emergency food to one of the district's food banks

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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