Bradford Council COVID-19 Update


Extra measures announced to combat virus

New national measures announced by the Government to combat the spread of COVID-19 come into force this week.

From 23 September, office workers who are able to work from home should do so and the requirement to wear face coverings has been extended to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles.


A number of extra measures are being rolled out from 24 September:

  • pubs, bars and restaurants must only provide table service, except for takeaways.
  • pubs and bars must close at 10pm, as should takeaways, although they can still deliver.
  • retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality – such as cafes and restaurants – should all wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.
  • it will become a legal requirement for retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors to follow COVID-secure guidelines.

From Monday 28 September, weddings must only be attended by a maximum of 15 people, while 30 can attend funerals, Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be reopened from 1 October, as previously announced.

More details of these restrictions, which are likely to be in place until March 2021, can be found here.

The Government has also stated that it will enforce tighter penalties for anyone breaching these new measures.


Additional restrictions from the whole of the Bradford district

The whole of the Bradford District is also still under local restrictions, as infections rates have increased.

This means all residents in our district 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.

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

Introducing the NHS Covid-19 app

Introducing the app

The new NHS COVID-19 app, available to download for free in England and Wales from tomorrow (24 September), is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. Find out more about the app here


Combined Authority reminds both parents and young people to do their bit and wear a face covering

Young people are being asked to remember to wear face coverings as they travel to and from school and college as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority continues to support the huge effort to get education back on track.

Parents and students are being asked to play their part by making sure they are aware of the guidelines on travelling to and from school, including:

  • Everyone over 11 must wear a face covering on the bus, unless exempted for medical or other reasons. Where this is the case, assistance cards can be downloaded from the Metro website here and can be printed out to show to public transport staff or simply shown to staff on your mobile phone  
  • Face coverings must be worn on school buses and regular bus services 
  • Normal fares apply with students being asked to pay using an MCard or app where possible 
  • For shorter journeys consider walking, cycling, or scooting to school if possible 
  • When travelling in a car, consider parking a few streets away and walking the short distance
  • If you are car sharing with other households, leave seats free, open windows and wear a face covering
  • Do not travel if you or any member your household is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms

More information here


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

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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