Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Roadmap Step 2 - From 12 April 2021

From today additional premises will be able to reopen – with the rules on social contact applying. Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households.

This includes non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, beauty and nail salons; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3).

Overnight stays away from home in England will be permitted and self-contained accommodation can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household or support bubble.

Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will also reopen.

The majority of outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events.

Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew. The requirement to eat and drink while seated will remain.

People should continue to work from home where they can, and minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays are still illegal.

The number of care home visitors will also increase to two per resident, and all children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance.

Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors.

Funerals can continue with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, outdoor receptions, and commemorative events including wakes will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).

You can read the details of what will change on 12 April here.

Roadmap step 2

From the 12 April, the following Council services will restart

Bradford Council will be re-opening the following sports venues: Bowling Gym, Bowling Pool, Keighley dryside, Marley Activities and Coaching Centre, Sedbergh dryside, Shipley Gym and Thornton Recreation Centre.

In addition, elite swim training will recommence from 12 April and school swimming lessons on 26 April.

Some Council libraries will be open from Monday, 12 April to allow access for self-service browsing, and managed use of reading and study areas. This is in addition to access to public computers.  We are currently offering Order and Collect and we will continue with this service throughout all library opening hours. The timescale for libraries reopening is:

  • 12 April – City, Keighley and Shipley libraries
  • 19 April – Eccleshill, Laisterdyke and Bingley libraries
  • 26 April – Manningham, Wibsey, Ilkley libraries
  • 3 May – Wyke, Baildon and Clayton libraries (Baildon and Clayton - depending on volunteer availability).

Non-essential Council markets stalls will also open to all traders.

Find out more about the re-opening of Council services.

Self-testing has now been fully extended and is available to all residents

You can now regularly test your household and support bubble at home by collecting lateral flow tests (LFTs) for free from one of our local test centres:

  • Centenary Square Bradford, Monday to Sunday 3pm to 8pm

  • Victoria Hall, Keighley, Monday to Sunday 3pm to 8pm

  • Bradford University, Bradford Monday to Sunday 3pm to 8pm

  • Or from both of our Lateral Flow Testing Sites in Bradford and Keighley, 7 days a week between the following opening times:

St Georges Hall - 9:30am to 5pm  

Keighley Airedale Centre Mon to Sat 9:15am to 4:30pm or Sundays 10am – 4:15pm

We can all play our part in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 by identifying asymptomatic cases.

Find out more about COVID-19 testing in the Bradford District 

LFT test kits now available to all

Roadmap out of lockdown


The Government announced that from 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift. They have published details of a four-step road map which details the route back to a more normal life.

Details on the each step can be found on the government website.

Self-isolate - help stop the spread


If you have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus you must self-isolate for 10 days.

You should self-isolate if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have not already had a test you can book your test here:

Remember: Hand, Face, Space and Fresh Air

It is more important than ever to remember Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air to keep infection levels down and our friends and family safe.

Hands Face Space Fresh Air

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water when leaving the house and returning and regularly throughout the day. When soap and water is not available outside of your home use hand sanitiser.
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in public places and where you can’t keep 2 metres apart from others.
  • Maintain 2 metres social distancing from people you do not live with.
  • Meet in the fresh air to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus testing in Bradford District

If you live or work in the Bradford District there are now several different ways you can get a test for COVID-19 including mobile testing units, home testing and lateral flow testing.

Find out more about where you can go to get tested and where are home-testing teams will be visiting in over the next week.

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COVID-19 Vaccine information

The NHS have provided partners with information on the latest COVID-19 vaccines including a list of FAQs. This page will be updated as and when more information is made available.

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.

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

Support for local businesses

Support for keeping your mind healthy

Support for unemployed residents

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