West Yorkshire lockdown – new ideas and steerage for Bradford …

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This is due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the areas of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the measures at 9.15pm on Thursday, July 30.

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West Yorkshire lockdown: new rules and guidance for Bradford …

About lockdown:

They came into effect at midnight on Friday, July 31.

Parts of West Yorkshire have been placed under stricter lockdown measures.

West Yorkshire lockdown: new rules and guidance for Bradford …

This is everything you need to know – note: This article will be updated throughout the day as more information is released.

Which areas are affected?

Bradford (Including Ilkley, Bradford Council has confirmed).

Calderdale

Kirklees

Why have these areas been put under lockdown?

They have been placed under lockdown due to a rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The government said: “This is in response to an increasing trend in the number of cases per 100,000 people in the area, and data from PHE and the JBC which suggests transmission among households is a key infection pathway in the area.”

What does the lockdown actually entail?

It means people in these areas will not be able to mix with other households in private homes or gardens.

This means you cannot go to the house of someone else you do not live with.

You also cannot go in their garden.

Can I still meet indoors with people in my support bubble?

Yes. People who live alone or single parents with dependent children aged under 18 can continue to visit one other household and stay overnight.

They can also visit other public places as if they were one household.

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No. The government guidance says that people living in Bradford, Calderdale or Kirklees, cannot meet in someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.

Can I meet people in the pub, restaurants and shops?

People in the affected areas can still go to pubs and to restaurants.

However, two households will not be allowed to go together.

The guidance states that people should not “socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues”.

It specifies that “indoor public venues” are pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.

The guidance warns people to avoid interaction with others.

What if I run a hospitality business?

The guidance states: “If you run such a business, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.”

Can I still meet people outdoors?

You can meet people outdoors in groups of six people, in line with the current national guidance.

People are expected to socially distance.

What businesses will have to close?

Some businesses will have to close by law in Bradford – but not in Kirklees or Calderdale.

– indoor gyms

– indoor fitness and dance studios

– indoor sports courts and facilities

– indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks

Can I be fined for not following the rules?

Yes you can.

The government said that it will pass new laws to enforce the changes to meeting people in private homes and gardens.

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices (starting at £100 – halving to £50 if paid in the first 14 days – and doubling for subsequent offences).

Can I still celebrate Eid with my family and friends?

The government guidance specifically mentions Eid Al Adha.

People are expected to not meet up with other households for the holiday.

It states: “Due to higher rates of infection, if you live in this area you should not host or visit friends and family in each other’s homes or gardens. It will shortly be illegal to do so, unless specific exemptions apply. You also should not meet friends and family in other venues – including restaurants or cafes.

Up to two households, or six people from any number of households may meet outdoors (excluding people’s gardens) where there is a lower risk of infection. If you do so, you should still socially distance from those you do not live with, and avoid physical contact.”

It adds: “For those preparing to celebrate Eid Al Adha this weekend with friends and family these restrictions will come as a blow but everyone is being urged to follow the new rules and to protect the ones they love from catching coronavirus.”

The guidance sets out: “

Can I still go to the mosque for worship?

​The guidance states: “Mosques and other places of worship have reopened for prayer and communal worship, but in a different socially distanced and COVID-19 Secure way. This means that while mosques can remain open, many will not able to welcome as many worshippers as before.”

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