Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Preparing for Christmas

Christmas Bubble

The Government has relaxed some restrictions to allow for families to get together over the festive period.

From 23 December to 27 December, you may choose to form a Christmas bubble.

What is a Christmas bubble?

A Christmas bubble will be able to spend time together in private homes, to attend places of worship, or meet in a public outdoor place.

Existing support bubbles count as one household towards the three household limit. This means that if you are in a support bubble, you can collectively form a Christmas bubble with two other households. This applies only to support bubbles as set out in law. You should, however, consider the risks of doing so and keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible. The two households in a support bubble can choose to join separate Christmas bubbles.

Read guidance on making and using a support bubble.

The following rules apply to Christmas bubbles:

  • you can form an exclusive 'Christmas bubble' composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying.
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

How to stay safe in your Christmas Bubble

  • Start to reduce unnecessary contact with people you do not live with as much as possible in the two weeks before you form your Christmas bubble.
  • Risk will be reduced if you always try to maintain a 2 metre distance
  • Ensure rooms are well ventilated to allow fresh air to circulate
  • To really reduce COVID risk wear face coverings as much as possible
  • Higher risk activities are eating, sleeping in the same room, and playing games closely together
  • Even though you can meet your Christmas Bubble inside, the lowest risk is always outdoors whilst maintaining social distancing.

Covid-19 Christmas planning – what do the scientists say?

Remember, just because you can it doesn’t mean you have to:

  • It is important to remember that you don't have to form a Christmas bubble, the less people you are in close contact with the lower the risk of catching COVID.
  • If you choose not to form a Christmas bubble you should continue to follow the local guidelines in your area.

Bradford Council to host second Facebook Live COVID Q&A

Residents of Bradford District will once again get the chance to ask questions to the Council's key decision makers and health experts about the district’s COVID-19 response.

Bradford Council will host a second Facebook Live Q&A session on Tuesday 22 December from 12.30-2pm.

The Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe and Director of Public Health for Bradford District, Sarah Muckle, will be joined by Nancy O’Neil from NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Professor Dinesh Saralaya a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT), to share their knowledge and insight.

In this session the panel will take questions on issues such as celebrating Christmas safely, current restrictions, COVID testing and vaccines.

The introduction of the vaccine is hugely positive news and we understand people will have many questions about how it works, how it will be administered and the timescales for when it’s likely to be rolled out in our district.

Join our live event.

You will need access to a Facebook account in order to ask a question at the sessions. The panel will try and answer as many questions as possible during the time available

Some questions may not be taken by the panel if not relevant to the theme or the Council. Questions will also not be answered if it requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information. If it is deemed offensive or inappropriate the question will be removed.

Vaccine information

The NHS has put together some information on the roll out of the COVID-19 Vaccine which you can view on our website.

Included in the information is a series of FAQs on vaccines.

Bradford District to stay in Tier 3 

The UK government has announced that Bradford District is to stay in Tier 3. 

Please continue to follow Tier 3 guidance except when you’re in your Christmas Bubble between 23 and 27 December.

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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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