Don’t break the COVID Code, Council urges
Follow the COVID Code – that’s the reminder from Bradford Council as the nine wards which were taken out of local restrictions on 2 September rejoin the rest of the district in tighter restrictions again.
Last Friday the Government decided that, in order to try to reduce transmission of COVID-19, once again everyone in the Bradford District is banned from mixing with other households in private homes and gardens from today (22 September). The Government may also announce further measures today (22 September).
For three weeks people in Craven, Ilkley and Worth Valley wards in the Keighley Parliamentary constituency and all six wards in the Shipley constituency – Baildon, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Shipley, Wharfedale and Windhill & Wrose – were brought into line with national restrictions and were able to socialise with other households.
As COVID-19 infection rates increase in the district, as they are nationally, the Government has reversed that relaxation.
What this means for all residents in our district is that, from today, you MUST NOT:
- meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law).
- visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.
People aged 18 or over can be fined:
- £100 for the first offence, lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days
- £200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £3,200
In addition, for everyone in the district, the Government ADVISES THAT YOU SHOULD NOT:
- socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue. This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks
- visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances
The full details of the restrictions in Bradford District, and in neighbouring Calderdale and Kirklees, are available on the Government’s website.
The Government has also announced that grandparents and those who provide 'a consistent childcare relationship' will be exempt from restrictions during local lockdowns in England. This covers formal and informal arrangements in relation to children under-14 and vulnerable adults. It does not allow for play-dates or parties, but it does mean that a consistent childcare relationship that is vital for somebody to get to work is allowed.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “We are at a critical moment in our district, and our country’s, response to COVID-19. If we are to stop the spread of the virus, reverse the rising infection rate and avoid even more draconian restrictions on our day-to-day lives we all need to do the right thing and abide by the rules.
“I want to thank the people of the Bradford District for the efforts they have all made and ask everyone to continue to follow the COVID Code so they can keep themselves and their families safe and well, protect our vulnerable people – and lives.
”The COVID Code brings together the basic hygiene, health and practical things everyone in the district can do in the fight to beat this terrible virus.”
The COVID Code:
- KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you don’t live with.
- FACE COVERINGS: Always wear a face covering when in a shop, on public transport and when you can’t follow the 2 metre rule
- HYGIENE IS KEY: Wash your hands with soap and warm water often.
- NO HANDSHAKE, NO HUGS, HANDS OFF: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- THINK OF OTHERS: Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- GET TESTED: If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change in your sense of taste or smell.
- STAY SAFE: Do not meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble.
- DO NOT VISIT someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the District.
- STAY INDOORS: Isolate at home for 10 days if you have symptoms and 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms.
- NO EVENTS: Do not socialise with people you do not live with.
- TRAVEL SAFELY: Try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble and follow the government guidance for travelling on public transport or by taxi or private hire vehicle.
- DON’T SPIT: if you are infected, spitting will increase the chance of the virus and other germs spreading.
- TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: GPs, hospitals and other services are #StillHereToHelp
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