Bradford Council COVID-19 Update


Meeting with family & friends

From 17 May, up to six people or two households, will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people will be able to gather outdoors.

The Government is updating their guidance on meeting family and friends, with members of the public being able to make informed, personal decisions on close contact, such as hugging.


Hospitality & Entertainment

Pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars are now able to serve customers indoors, and indoor entertainment, like museums, cinemas, theatres and play areas will be able to reopen.

We are reminding businesses that are reopening that they should review their Covid secure procedures to make sure they are as safe as possible for reopening.


Our museums are reopening

Staff in our Museums and Galleries have been working hard to make sure they comply with the Covid secure guidelines and are looking forward to welcoming visitors back.

Cliffe Castle and Bolling Hall will be reopening on Wednesday 19 May.

Cartwright Hall and Bradford Industrial Museum will be reopening on Wednesday 26 May.


Bradford Theatres reopening

Live entertainment can also now return to Bradford Theatres venues, with Yorkshire-born comedian Billy Pearce at St George's Hall on Friday 18 June with an adult comedy show - the first of a series of socially distanced shows at the historic venue.

King's Hall in Ilkley is also planning to reopen with Dr John Cooper Clarke on 1 July and the Alhambra Theatre is preparing to raise the curtain once again in September with Dolly Parton's feel-good musical 9 to 5.


Sport & exercise classes restarting

From today, organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors, saunas and steam rooms may reopen and our Sports and Leisure Centres across the district are putting plans in place to resume their fitness classes.


Travel & Holidays

International travel can also begin to safely reopen from today allowing people to go on holidays to ‘green’ list countries, but strict border control measures will remain.

Information about the Government's 'travel 'Traffic Lights' system for international travel can be found on their website here.


Wearing of face coverings in secondary schools

In secondary schools and colleges, the Government has said that face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms or for students in communal areas, but twice weekly home testing will remain to control infection rates.

However, we recommend the continued wearing of face coverings in some educational settings. We recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible.

We also recommend that pupils in secondary schools, special schools and FE colleges should continue to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas in schools, but not in classrooms.

This is advice and not mandatory and head teachers may choose to decide otherwise and anyone who is unsure should contact their school or college. 


University students

All remaining university students will be able to return to in-person teaching and learning, with twice weekly testing.


Weddings & funerals

Up to 30 people will now be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes, as well as standalone life-cycle events. These can take place outdoors or at any indoor Covid secure venue that is permitted to open. The number of people able to attend a funeral will be determined by the number that can be safely accommodated in the venue with social distancing in place. We will be working with venues to ensure that these events can happen safely.


Care homes

Care homes residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures. Residents will also have greater freedoms to leave their home without having to isolate on their return. Information is available on the Government's website here.


Information about what people can and can’t do from 17 May can be found on the Government’s website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus


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