Bradford Council COVID-19 Update


Bradford Council COVID-19 statement on local restrictions

The Secretary of State announced on Friday that there will be no change to overall local restrictions in the Bradford District this week as the changes he made last week only came into effect on Wednesday. The current restrictions on gatherings will remain in place.

However he did lift the additional restrictions on indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance and fitness studios, other indoor sports facilities, casinos and soft play areas across the whole district. All such businesses across the district can now re-open as long as their operations are COVID Secure.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “This week the Government have decided that there will be no change in restrictions for the vast majority of people in the Bradford District.

“I’m relieved however that it’s good news that gyms, swimming pools and other sport and leisure businesses can open across the whole district from next Tuesday (8 September), rather than only in Shipley constituency and in three wards of Keighley constituency. I know it will be good news for those gym and other fitness business owners.

“Good news today also for casinos and soft play areas that were originally scheduled to re-open on 15 August but were prevented by Government from doing so. These can now reopen too.

“We continue to be concerned about high infection rates in the district and the fact that continuing different arrangements in some wards confuse the public health messages and also confuse residents about what they can and can’t do. We’ll continue to support people and provide advice and guidance wherever they are.

“We are focusing on further developing local test and trace as the principal tool to help us bring infection rates down as quickly as possible. The faster those rates fall, the stronger our case for removing restrictions across the whole district will be.

“We would encourage everyone, no matter where they live, to do the right thing and get themselves tested if they think they have symptoms or are contacted by local or national test and trace. And everyone should also follow the simple health messages – stay apart (2 metres), wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering where it is required.”


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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