Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Reminder: new COVID restrictions in place for Bradford District

'High' COVID alert level restrictions in place from today (14 Oct)

Residents are reminded that new restrictions are now in place for Bradford District.

The Local COVID Alert Level in Bradford District is HIGH.

There are three alert levels in the new system:

  • Medium (Tier 1) - The minimum level of restrictions applicable to all of England.
  • High (Tier 2) - Applies in certain geographical areas or nationally. This is when there has been a rise in COVID-19 transmission, which cannot be contained through local responses.
  • Very High (Tier 3) - Triggered in certain geographical areas or nationally when:
    • Tier 2 measures have not contained the spread of the virus;
    • or where there has been a significant rise in transmission.

The Government have published more details on what Tier 2 or HIGH level restrictions mean.

The Local COVID Alert Level in Bradford District is HIGH meaning residents must now observe the following restrictions:

  • You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
  • You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age.
  • Meeting in larger groups is against the law. There are certain exceptions (see below). The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
  • Visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings is restricted to one household. Two households must not meet in these settings (unless those two households are in a support bubble together)

For more information on our COVID-19 web page.

The Government has also produced the following graphic to explain some of the new changes:

HIGH level graphic

Test and Trace Support Payments

The government recently announced a programme to provide financial support to people who have to self-isolate. From 28 September, people have been required to self-isolate by law if they test positive or are contacted by a Test and Trace service. This is to slow the spread of Covid-19 and reduce hospitalisations and deaths.

A new Test and Trace Support Payment is being introduced which supports people who are legally required to self-isolate and have reduced income because they are unable to work from home.

If you were required by law to self-isolate from 28 September you may be entitled to a support payment of £500. You can apply retrospectively.

To get the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must be:

  • asked to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace either because you have  tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • employed or self-employed
  • unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
  • currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

You won’t be eligible if you continue to receive full wages during self-isolation or are able to work from home.

Further information and how to apply can be found here

Current restrictions

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

Protect your loved ones. Download the app.

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, 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.

Download the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app

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.

See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.

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 coronavirus 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.

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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