Bradford Council COVID-19 Update


Bradford Council urges people to heed necessary measures to avoid lockdown

Bradford Council has urged people to heed the additional precautionary measures that the government introduced at midnight on 31 July 2020 for a number of areas in the North West of England and parts of West Yorkshire.

The measures have been introduced because coronavirus (Covid-19) rates have been rising in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, and West Yorkshire.

Bradford Council and health partners have been working with the government to control the spread of the virus and to prevent a rise in infections.

The full details of the precautionary measures being introduced are available on the Government’s website.


What this means for residents in our district is that you must not:

  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law).
  • visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.
  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with others. If you run such a business, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

The government state that a household – as defined in law – is only the people you live with. If you have formed a support bubble (which must include a single adult household i.e. people who live alone or single parents with dependent children aged under 18) these can be treated as if they are members of your household.

The government will pass new laws to enforce the changes to meeting people in private homes and gardens. The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at ÂŁ100.

In addition, the following premises in our district must remain closed by law:

  • indoor gyms
  • indoor fitness and dance studios
  • indoor sports courts and facilities
  • indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks

People identified by the NHS as vulnerable and at high risk who were shielding since the coronavirus pandemic began were told that shielding guidelines would change from the 1 August allowing them to spend time outdoors. Given the worrying infection rate across the District, the Council is advising those that are shielding to protect themselves and not to take any unnecessary risks and not to follow the new shielding guidelines as of the 1 August.

The advice to those that are shielding is to stay home and continue to utilise those support options that are already in place. Bradford Council will continue to offer support through the 01274 431000 number for those who are unable to leave the house.

  • If you need medication you should ask someone to get this for you, who can leave it outside your house in a safe place.
  • If you need personal support with your daily needs, like getting out of bed, or getting a shower then this support will carry on.
  • Priority shopping slots will still be available so people are advised to continue to use these.

The Council is urging that EVERYONE across the district follows our revised Covid Code:

  • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you don’t live with.
  • FACE COVERINGS: Always wear a face covering when in a shop, on public transport and when you can’t follow the 2 metre rule.
  • HYGIENE IS KEY: Wash your hands with soap and warm water often.
  • NO HANDSHAKE, NO HUGS, HANDS OFF: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • THINK OF OTHERS: Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • GET TESTED: If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change in your sense of taste or smell.
  • STAY SAFE: Do not meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble.
  • DO NOT VISIT someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the District.
  • STAY INDOORS: Isolate at home for 10 days if you have symptoms and 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms.
  • NO EVENTS: Do not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues.
  • DON’T SPIT: if you are infected, spitting will increase the chance of the virus and other germs spreading.
  • TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: GPs, hospitals and other services are #StillHereToHelp

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “Restricting businesses and stopping people gathering together is not something anyone wants to see happen but like many areas in the North of England, we’re at a critical moment in our District’s response to Covid-19. We hope that by taking these precautions we can prevent the introduction of much tougher lockdown measures.

“I want to thank the people of the Bradford district for their patience and forbearance.  We’re really proud of the way so many people in our district are working together to beat the virus. We know that these measures will be massively inconvenient and disruptive for everyone, and especially distressing for people celebrating Eid, but we need everyone to work together so we can get the infection rates down and these measures lifted as soon as possible. We urge everyone to follow the Covid Code so they can keep themselves and their families safe and well.”


Important update regarding Sport and Leisure Centres in Bradford District

Following the Government's announcement overnight and the implementation of local restrictions relating to the control of COVID-19, The Leisure Centre, Keighley and Thornton Recreation Centre are closed with immediate effect until further notice. All customers who have booked fitness sessions and exercise classes will be contacted directly and offered a full refund. The online booking system has been suspended until further notice. 

The re-opening of Sedbergh Sport and Leisure Centre due to take place on Saturday, 1 August 2020 and the scheduled reopening of other sport and leisure centres have been postponed until further notice.


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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