Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Please stay safe while enjoying this weekend's warm weather & Eid Al-Adha celebrations

Let's lock down covid! Not Covid locking up down

People are being urged to stay safe as they enjoy this weekend’s Eid Al-Adha celebrations.

There has been a brilliant response to local advice and guidance that we have issued with faith partners, but Covid-19 infection rates in our district are increasing and we don’t want that to happen as it could result in lockdown.

Eid-Al-Adha – is traditionally celebrated with congregational Eid prayers in a Mosque or open spaces such as a local park, followed by communal eating and visiting with family and friends, but many restrictions are still in place which mean Eid-Al-Adha will need to be different.

Celebrate Eid at home

The actions to keep the virus away are simple – celebrate Eid at home if possible, but if you do go out:

Celebrate Eid safely - no hugs, no handshakes

  • stay 2m apart
  • don’t shake hands or hug
  • wash or sanitise your hands often
  • wear a face covering

When celebrating with family or friends, remember only members from two households can meet together indoors or a maximum of six people from different households if outdoors.

Celebrate Eid at a Covid-19 Secure mosque

There is information on the Government's website to help places of worship to be covid secure. Read the information here to help you chose a Covid Secure mosque.

Celebrate Eid at a Covid Secure Mosque

We'd like to wish everyone celebrating a safe and enjoyable Eid

Eid Mubarak

Latest COVID-19 mobile testing unit sites for Bradford

Drive-in and walk-in mobile testing units will be in place in the Bradford district this weekend to make it easier for local people who think they might be infected with Covid-19 to get tested quickly.

People are advised to make an appointment before they arrive at the mobile unit, which are run by national coronavirus testing programme staff.

The units are available for anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell, or thinks they may have the virus.

The mobile units will be at the following locations from 10am to 4pm:

Richard Dunn Main Car Park, BD6 1EZ

  • Saturday 1 August

Whetley Mill Car Park, BD8 8LQ

  • Saturday 1 August
  • Sunday 2 August

Myra Shay, BD3 3QX

  • Monday 3 August
  • Tuesday 4 August

Flockton House car park, BD4 7RY

  • Thursday 6 August
  • Friday 7 August

Manningham sports centre, BD8 8BA

  • Saturday 8 August

Strict infection control measures will be in place to ensure the testing units are operated with the highest levels of public health safeguards.

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 are not allowed to use public transport so those attending the centre will have to make their own way there

A face covering will need to be worn, and social distancing must also be followed at all times, when at the site and while travelling to and from it.

Bradford District’s first walk-in testing centre in Centenary Square in the city centre is still open. You can pre-book an appointment or there are a limited number of drop-in tests and results should be made available within 24-72 hours.

If you would like a test please make sure you book appointment before arriving either by calling 119 or going online at

For more information about NHS Test and Trace visit

Covid-19 has not gone away

Covid-19 infection rates in the Bradford district are increasing and we need your help now to defeat this virus.

Please note: We are working hard to get information out to residents about the changes affecting the district, which were announced by the Government late last night.

Here is the latest guidance from the government. 

Stay safe in the warm weather

As the district prepares for the hottest day of the year so far, we want people to act responsibly and stay safe. The coronavirus has not gone away and people should follow the latest Government restrictions to help them keep safe. 

  • We are working with West Yorkshire Police who will patrol Ilkley's riverside beaches today (31 July) and the suspension bridge in Ilkley will be closed all day. This is to stop people gathering and tomb-stoning from the bridge.
  • Our parks and greenspaces are open for people to use, but we are urging people to act responsibly.
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and indoor spaces where social distancing is difficult.
  • Please park legally and responsibly and leave enough space for emergency vehicles like fire engines to get through.
  • Take all your rubbish home with you.
  • Do not light barbecues or fires in our parks or on our moorland. This is not permitted and is dangerous as it can lead to wildfires.
  • Do not use rivers, canals or reservoirs to cool off as this is extremely dangerous.
  • Avoid crowded places. If somewhere is busy do not stop.
  • If you are planning to go to a pub, bar or restaurant please follow the measuresthat have been put in place to keep you safe. Also please follow the latest restrictions from the government.

sun safe

We want to remind you to take care in the sun today.

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.

You can protect yourself and your loved ones by following the Sun Smart messages:

  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 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.

Looking after pets in hot weather

Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999. Dogs die in hot cars 

The RSPCA has some advice on how to help your pets when the weather is warm.

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.

Stay at home as much as possible

  • Work from home if you can
  • Avoid public transport if possible
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and supermarkets
  • Keep your distance from people who are not in your household (at least two metres apart if possible)
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
  • Use cashless payment if possible
  • If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service please give them the information they need to keep everyone in the UK safe and follow the instructions they give you
  • 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.

Coronavirus testing in Bradford District

Walk-in mobile testing units are available in community locations throughout the district. These testing units are a quick and easy way to get a coronarvirus test with or without an appointment. 

The units are available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell, or thinks they may have the virus.

Face coverings

Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and supermarkets. This is now mandatory for everyone except children under 11 and those with certain disabilities.

Please see our website for more information about face coverings including a short video by Dr Amir Khan showing how to safely put on and wear a face covering.

How to safely put on and wear a face covering

If you do not have to wear a face covering

People who have a reason for not wearing a face covering (if they are exempt) should not be routinely asked to give evidence of this. However it might be helpful to be able to show something on a phone, wear a badge or print out a card that can be shown to explain to others.

If you would like to use an exemption card, or an image you can display to people on your phone, you can download these from the GOV.UK website.

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!”

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

Support for keeping your mind healthy


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