Bradford Council COVID-19 Update


Local restrictions in 21 wards to remain and other nine wards to follow national restrictions

The government has today announced that the extra local restrictions that are  currently in place in 21 wards across the Bradford district will remain in place.

The other nine wards should follow the national restrictions and from Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) to help you understand what the restrictions mean for you.


Statement from Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council:

“The government’s announcement today (11 September) means that there are no further changes on the restrictions that apply to our district. This means that the ban on indoor household gatherings will continue in twenty one wards of our District where that ban is already in place.

“Earlier this week the government announced the national rule of no more than six people gathering together from more than one household, apart from a few specified exceptions, and that fines will be enforced for people who break this rule. This will start from Monday 14 September and will apply to people all across the district regardless of whether they are in the locally restricted area or following the national restrictions.  This new “Rule of 6” will be enforced by the police.

“That there is no further change today does not mean that we can relax. That is absolutely not the case. The infection rate is rising. We must not become complacent or think that the situation is returning to normal.

“I know that many people: our staff, our partners, the health service and many volunteers are making a Herculean effort to reduce rates and to support our communities.

“We all have a responsibility to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading and we must all continue to be vigilant. I urge everyone to continue to follow the government’s guidelines so that we can contain the virus, save lives and prevent further restrictions on our district.  Regular hand-washing, wearing a face covering indoors and keeping two metres apart from each other are all fundamental to combatting this virus and protecting our loved ones.”


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


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

  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and supermarkets
  • Keep your distance from people who are not in your household or support bubble - stay 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

Testing units are available in community locations throughout the district. These testing units are a quick and easy way to get a coronations test.

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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