The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced today at 8pm that the country is under a national lockdown, from midnight, with people being told to stay at home except for limited permitted reasons and schools closing for most pupils until mid February.
- .People cannot leave their homes except for certain reasons such as to shop for essentials, for medical reasons, if you can't work from home, to flee domestic violence and for exercise
- Primary and secondary schools and colleges will close until mid February, with remote learning online
- Early years settings such as nurseries will stay open
- Restaurants can continue to offer delivery for food, but takeaway alcohol will be banned
- Outdoor sports venues - such as golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms - must close
- Amateur team sports are not allowed, but elite sport such as Premier League football can continue
Further information can be found on the Government website.
Statement from Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “While tonight’s announcement is not the announcement any of us wanted to hear, we recognise that it is needed to stem the spread of this virus and its new variant.
“It is critical we do everything we can to keep infection rates, hospitalisations and deaths as low as we can, no one wants to see the same high levels of infection that we are seeing in other parts of the country at the moment.
“To that end our energy in Bradford District will be directed into working together with the NHS and other partners to maximise our joint resources and accelerate the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines.
“The sooner we can vaccinate as many people as possible against this destructive virus the more likely we are to keep infection rates in check.
“I really feel for the businesses who will be affected by this latest lockdown. We will continue to lobby for more financial support for them and would encourage them to take advantage of the grants and other support available. And we will ensure that grant applications are dealt with as quickly as possible.
“Also the closure of all schools again is going to be incredibly tough for our children, who will lose yet more learning time, and for parents having to juggle work and childcare.
“I thank our residents for helping keep the district’s infection rates amongst the lowest in the country. Our latest figures show we have 191 cases per 100,000 people. Currently, in comparison, other parts of the country have rates that are double what they were at our district’s peak period. By going into national lockdown now I hope it can prevent more deaths.
“National restrictions, while strict, have been shown to bring infection rates down much faster than other courses of action. I ask everyone to follow the new rules, Stay at Home, and continue to follow the ‘hands, face, space’ instruction. It’s the only way to keep each other safe.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine, we will get to the other side of this and there will be brighter tomorrows.”
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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.
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- If someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999
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