Bradford Council COVID-19 Update


Getting a test

Information about getting tested is changing daily at the moment.

We understand that unfortunately, some people may have had problems getting tested at our walk-in testing site in Centenary Square, Bradford.

We have been informed that there is currently a high demand for COVID-19 tests and test centres are prioritising tests for people who have symptoms and have already booked.

The availability of walk in tests may also be limited.

To book an appointment or receive a home testing kit, visit the NHS ask for a coronavirus test website or call 119.

Why test at all?

COVID-19 can cause various symptoms or even no symptoms at all. That makes it difficult to diagnose without testing.

Testing can help health professionals understand how far the virus has spread among the population. This can then help decision makers in the NHS and the Government decide on measures such as lockdown, local restrictions and social distancing.

For more information about different testing options visit Bradford Councils testing web page. 


Bradford Council Sport and Leisure Centres

Following the Government relaxation of restrictions on gyms and leisure centres, Bradford Council is preparing to welcome back customers to its sites across the district.

Bradford Council Leisure Facilities will take a phased approach to re-opening starting with The Leisure Centre Keighley on Friday 11 September followed by Thornton Recreation Centre on Monday 14 September.  The remaining sites will open over the following weeks.

For the first time since March, the swimming pool at The Leisure Centre Keighley will be open along with the gym facilities and fitness classes. Thornton Recreation Centre will continue to offer gym sessions and fitness classes. 

To visit either of these sport and leisure centres, you will need to book and pay online in advance for the gym, swim session or fitness class you would like to attend. You will also need to provide contact details for track and trace purposes.

To book select your chosen sport and leisure facility:

The Leisure Centre at Keighley,

Thornton Recreation Centre

The online booking system is now live and works on a seven day rolling timetable from today's date. The pay-as-you-go tariff introduced in July still applies for all. The price will be £3 per session or £2 for Bradford Leisure Card holders. 

We thank all residents for your patience while we prepared the sites for your safe return.

Club Active membership

Club Active memberships will remain frozen for the time being. This still aims to be a short term change to how we charge for fitness activities whilst the safety measures outlined by government are in place. We will be regularly reviewing the situation and adapting as guidelines change and we hope that we can return to a service that we all enjoy using soon. We will always inform you of any updates in advance.


Local restrictions

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

As of 2 September, local restrictions remain in place in 21 of the Bradford District's wards while the other nine wards are now following national restrictions.

On our website, you can check which restrictions apply for your postcode and find out what this means for you.


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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