Bradford District to be placed in highest level of COVID restrictions
The Government has today announced that Bradford District is being placed into the ‘very high’ alert level of the three-tier system of interventions to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
It means that the district from 00:01 on Monday 2 November the district will be under the strictest set of restrictions due to the high rate of infection in the area.
Until then 'High' (Tier 2) level restrictions remain in place.
The new restrictions mean:
- People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.
- People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
- People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.
Very High restrictions also mean that:
- People can attend COVID- safe places of worship but must avoid mingling.
- Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are restricted to 15 people. Receptions must not take place.
- Funerals must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces with up to 30 people in attendance. Wakes or linked ceremonial events before or after the funeral are limited to 15 people and must not take place in private homes.
- Schools and colleges will remain open.
- People should not visit a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit an individual who is at the end of their life.
- People should try to avoid travelling outside their local area where possible, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities.
- People should also avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident of Bradford District and avoid staying overnight in the District if they are resident elsewhere.
There are also new rule changes for businesses which mean that the following business venues must close:
- Pubs and bars will be closed unless they are serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal; they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
- certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am
- Soft Play Areas
- Adult Gaming Centres
- Betting Shops
- Car Boot sales
- Shisha bars (serving shisa) – these venues may operate but only as a cafe and not allowed to serve shisha.
Gyms can remain open but guidance is against indoor exercise classes taking place.
Bradford Council is working through the guidance for each restriction and what this means, and will share more updates and information as soon as we can.
For more information on our COVID-19 web page.
Self-isolate to contain Coronavirus
Self-isolating is something we can all do to protect each other and stop the spread of Coronavirus. It may not seem like an easy option with our day to day responsibilities to upkeep but now, more than ever, self-isolating needs to be considered as the only option to reduce the spread of the virus and to keep the number of people being admitted to hospital down.
Stay at home for 10 days if:
Stay at home for 14 days if:
The main symptoms of Coronvirus are:
Support if you need to self-isolate
The Coronavirus pandemic is set to continue throughout the winter months, help and support is available to anyone who may find it difficult to self-isolate through the Bradford Council Contact Centre and NHS Volunteer Responders.
For access to priority supermarket delivery slots, referral for welfare advice and help with loneliness residents can call Bradford Council’s Contact Centre on 01274 431000.
The NHS Volunteer Responders can help with collecting shopping, medicines and other important items and maintain regular, friendly contact with anyone who may find self-isolating difficult. To arrange call 0808 196 3646.
Financial Support if you need to self-isolate
If you will lose income because you have been told to self-isolate by a Track and Trace service and can't work from home, a new Test and Trace Support Payment of up to £500 has been introduced for residents who meet certain criteria regarding their income and benefits they receive.
An Alternative Test & Trace Support Payment is also available for anyone who will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work whilst self-isolating but may not meet all the criteria for the test and trace support payment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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