Bradford Council COVID-19 Update


No change to restrictions for Bradford District

The Government has announced that the restrictions introduced in Bradford District and other parts of Northern England last week will remain in place for now.

The Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, said: "We support today’s decision by the Government to continue the restrictions that it imposed last week on parts of West Yorkshire, including Bradford, and the North West. I would have been amazed if they had lifted them so soon. 

"We have very high infection rates and would therefore ask everyone to abide by these regulations. Only by doing so can we get the infection rates down and avoid a local lockdown of more businesses. The Council has teams out every day including weekends talking to residents, handing out masks and making sure businesses are supporting their customers to stay safe.

“Neither the Government nor the Council wants to close businesses and we understand how difficult this can be, but our top priority has to be to bring down the infection rate to help protect local residents and businesses.

“The Council has asked the Government to provide financial support for businesses affected by these restrictions. We are awaiting a response.”

Find our latest COVID-19 advice on our website.


Local restrictions

Infection rates in Bradford are rising. Everyone has to help beat the virus

Since 31 July, local restrictions are in place in parts of West Yorkshire, including the Bradford District. If you live in Bradford District you should follow the rules when meeting people who you do not live with. You cannot meet people you don't live with at home, in a garden or in indoor public venues.

Read more about about the restrictions on our website.


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
  • 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 coronations 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

You need to wear a face covering in lots of different places. 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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