Council statement on Covid-19 restrictions - 18 September
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, has issued a statement in response to the Government's latest announcement on COVID-19 local restrictions.
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said:
“Unfortunately infection rates in the whole of Bradford District continue to increase. For that reason we ask people to support the Secretary of State’s decision today to reinstate local restrictions in the nine wards in which he relaxed them on 28 August.
“In the last few weeks it’s been noticeable that, as the infection rate has risen, it has also increased markedly in some of those wards which had previously come out of local restriction. We are an interconnected place and we’re dealing with a virus which travels fast once it gets hold, it doesn’t respect ward or constituency boundaries.
“If you live in the 21 wards that are currently in local restrictions then this latest announcement means that there is no change for you this week.
“In the nine wards that recently came out of local restrictions, from next Tuesday those residents will go back into the local restrictions and will only be allowed to socialise with their own household, or bubble.
“We are all at risk and everyone needs to continue to stay safe, take the utmost care to minimise the spread of this terrible virus, and protect vulnerable people.
“The infection rate is rising. Hospital admissions are rising. It is everyone’s responsibility to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Thank you to residents, staff, the NHS and volunteers across the district for working so hard to reduce infection rates and to support our communities.
“We all need to continue to follow the Government’s guidelines so that we can contain the virus, save lives and prevent further restrictions on our district. If the infection rates go down then we will be able to go back to national restrictions which other parts of the country are following where the ‘Rule of 6’ applies.
“But, as we have seen from other parts of the North this week, further sharp increases in infection rates could lead to the Government deciding on further economic restrictions which cost jobs and livelihoods. We all want to avoid this.
“Keeping two metres apart from each other, regular hand-washing, and wearing a face covering indoors will help to beat this virus and protect our loved ones and jobs.”
Do you need help or support?
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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