Bradford District to remain in Tier 3
Following the Government announcement today Bradford District will remain under Very High restrictions - Tier 3.
If you need any information about what the guidelines are for Tier 3 you can find them on the gov.uk website.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “The Government has announced today that Bradford District will stay in Very High (Tier 3) restrictions. I want to thank everyone in the district for all you are doing to keep the infection rate down.
“The new variant of COVID-19 is however even more infectious and is already in the district. I urge everyone to continue to follow the guidelines rigorously. We know just how quickly this virus can spread. The easing of restrictions that the Government allowed over the Christmas period could cause the infection rates to rise again. We all know people who have died before their time or been seriously ill with this virus. None of us want to go back to high levels of infection, it is so distressing for our communities and puts our hospitals under tremendous strain.
Please don’t travel outside the Bradford District unless it’s essential. Many areas outside our boundaries have faster rising rates of infection and by reducing non essential journeys we reduce the risk of potentially bringing and spreading the virus further. For all our sakes please wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and stay 2 metres apart.
“If we can keep going with the Hands, Face, Space guidance until the roll out of the vaccine then we will prevent more deaths and can return to a more normal life in 2021.”
School reopening dates
The Government has today announced when schools will reopen for the new term in January.
Across Bradford District:
- Primary schools will reopen to all children from January 4.
- Secondary schools will reopen to pupils in Years 11 and 13 on January 11.
- Secondary school pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 ,10 and 12 will return to school on January 18.
The Government has taken the decision due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to give secondary schools time to set up mass testing of staff and pupils.
The children of key workers and vulnerable children in all year groups can return to secondary school from January 4. Definitions of key workers and vulnerable children can be found in the Government’s Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision.
Schools will provide more details to their parents and carers in due course.
This New Year's Eve, please stay safe and mark the start of 2021 by celebrating at home and not mixing with others to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The district is currently in the Very High (Tier 3) level of Government restrictions, but the emergence of a new, more infectious variant of COVID-19 makes the need to observe the current restrictions even more important to stay at home with your own household or support bubble.
The Council has organised a number of online activities to mark the New Year. These include:
The digital iVan carrying COVID-19 messages around the district will also play a special New Years film for residents.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said:
“As 2020 draws to a close, many of us will want to put this year behind us. People have lost loved ones, or may themselves have been seriously ill with the virus. Livelihoods have been lost because our businesses and economy has suffered as a result of the restrictions we have seen. Young people have experienced great upheaval with the impact COVID-19 has had on schools and education.
“The end of the year is a time for reflection, so it is important to remember and pay tribute to the courage, sense of community spirit and togetherness that many in our district have shown during this extraordinary year. Whether it has been working on the frontline of the pandemic, supporting the vulnerable, or just looking out for a neighbour, it has been amazing how we have seen such grit, determination and generosity from so many. Our key workers, those who have volunteered, and our community and partner organisations. We owe all of them a debt of gratitude.
“The New Year is also a time when many would normally be out celebrating and welcoming in 2021. This year we can’t do that. We hope people that do want to mark it, will do so safely, at home and think of others. We have organised some online events that we hope will help people do this.
“We know the first few months of 2021 could again be very challenging for our district as the new variant of COVID-19 is even more infectious. We have managed to bring infection rates down by people following the guidelines. We don’t want to see this work un-done, so please remember Hands, Face, Space and let’s hope in 2021 the vaccine can be rolled out quickly so that we can start to return to a more normal life.”