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FAQs on Covid-19 restrictions for Bradford District

Last updated: Thursday 5th November 2020

As of Thursday 5th November, restrictions in Bradford district are changing.  If you do require detailed information please click on the link below.

Local Restrictions

The Government has announced a national lockdown for the England, initially between 5 November and 2 December.

Please follow the government guidelines to keep yourself, your family, your friends and your community safe.

Remember the restrictions are in place to save lives and support our NHS, we can only do this if we are all in it together.

The following restrictions are now in place in England. The Government have published the following details on these new national restrictions.

You must not leave your house or be outside unless it is for a specific purpose.

The exemptions are:

  • Childcare or education.
  • For work purposes where you are unable to work from home.
  • To exercise outdoors- this must be with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside)
  • Medical reasons such as doctors appointments.
  • To avoid risk or injury, including circumstances of domestic abuse.
  • To shop for basic necessities, you should try to visit the shops as infrequently as possible.
  • To provide care for vulnerable people or visit your support bubble.
  • To attend a place of worship for individual prayer, a funeral or a related event for someone who has died, to visit a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a deathbed wedding.

Schools and higher education facilities remain open.

Students living away from home should not travel between their student accommodation and permanent residence. Further guidance will be provided surrounding the end of term at a later date.

You must not meet socially indoors with people who do not live in your household.

This restriction applies to family members who live near to each other but not in the same property. If someone is in your support bubble they can continue to support you indoors.

You must not meet with anyone from outside your household in private gardens.

You can only exercise or visit outdoor public spaces with members of your household, your support bubble or one person from another household.

Places of worship are to close.

Places of worship may only remain open for specific reasons including:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups]

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people.

This excludes venue staff. Linked ceremonial activity such as scattering ashes can continue with a maximum of 15 people.

Weddings and civil ceremonies are currently not permitted.

Ceremonies in exceptional circumstances are permitted, this must be an official exemption agreed by council officials.

All non-essential businesses are to close.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Non-essential retail. Examples include betting shops, car washes, electronic shops.
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities. Examples includes soft play facilities, swimming pools, zoos, bowling alleys.
  • All entertainment venues. Examples include theatres, casinos, bingo halls.
  • Personal care facilities. Examples include hairdressers, tanning salons, beauty and nail salons.

Work from home wherever possible.

If you must travel for work please do so with care and comply with government advice. Hands - Face – Space.

Early years settings and childcare are to remain open.

To support working parents childcare can still be accessed including informal childcare bubbles that may have been created with one other household.

Where possible try to stay in your local area.

You should try not to leave your local area, you should only travel away from your local area for education purposes, medical reasons or for work.

You must not travel outside your local area for social reasons.

Holidays in the UK and abroad are currently not permitted and you cannot stay in a second home if you have access to one. You cannot stay overnight with anyone outside your household or support bubble.

There is still financial support for anyone unable to work during this lockdown.

Extensive support is available through government schemes, for more information please go to the information on our support for business page

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 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days
  • £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400

Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and police may issue fines of £10,000 to those who break the law.

Levels of coronavirus were relatively low during the summer. This resulted in an easing of lockdown restrictions nationally and an end to the formal shielding programme. As we move into the winter levels of infection are unfortunately rising. 

It is really important that people who are vulnerable, their families and those they come into contact with know how to keep themselves safe and how to protect others.

Actions to keep yourself safe and protect others:

  • Maintain 2 metres social distancing from people you do not live with
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in public places and where you can’t keep 2 metres apart from others.
  • 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.
  • Take extra precautions, limit your number of contacts with other people, ideally to members of your own household or support bubble.
  • Avoid crowds and going to places that are not COVID-19 secure.

Report an alleged COVID-19 breach of restrictions

If you suspect someone has breached one of the COVID-19 restrictions and wish to make a report, you can report an alleged breach using our online form. Please note that we will look into breaches of Covid-19 restrictions during office hours.

If you have concerns someone is not self-isolating on return from a non-exempt country you should contact your local police force via 101, as it is not dealt with by Bradford Council.
Please note the Council cannot enforce the wearing of face coverings in supermarkets, pubs and restaurants or small businesses. We are however working in community settings to advise on COVID safe practices.

Please note that we will look into breaches of COVID-19 restrictions during office hours.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

COVID-19 infection rates in Bradford are increasing and we don’t want that to happen as it could result in lockdown.

We need your help now to defeat this virus.

Everyone in wards with local restrictions must follow our COVID code:

  • Keep your distance: Keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you don’t live with. Any less than 2 metres you will need to wear a face covering.
  • Face coverings: Always wear a face covering in any enclosed space when you can't stay 2 metres apart.
  • Hygiene is key: Wash your hands with soap and warm water often.
  • No handshake, no hugs, hands off: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Think of others: Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Get tested: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change in your sense of taste or smell.
  • Stay safe: Do not meet people you do not live with inside a private home, except where you have formed a support bubble.
  • Stay indoors: Isolate at home for 10 days if you have symptoms and 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms or have been in close contact with a positive case.
  • No events: Do not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues.
  • Don't spit: if you are infected, spitting will increase the chance of the virus and other germs spreading.
  • Take care of yourself: GPs, hospitals and other services are #StillHereToHelp

The latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and announcements are available on the Government’s website.

If you need medical advice then access NHS 111 online at or by dialling 111 on your phone (only if you cannot do so online).

Find out how to isolate your household at:

Please remember that people can still be carriers of the virus and have no symptoms - so we need to go a lot further than simply avoiding people who are unwell.

A range of easy read leaflets and webpages are available on our website covering coronavirus, social distancing, shielding and going for a test. For more, visit our Help pages for people with learning difficulties.

Health advice

COVID-19 is a virus with similar symptoms to flu or a cold. The following symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anosmia (the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.)

Find out what to do if you or someone in your home develops symptoms

  • If you live with someone who has a ‘new continuous’ cough, Anosmia or high temperature, stay at home for 14 days in case symptoms develop
  • Stay at least three steps away from other people in your home if possible
  • If your symptoms get worse or no better after 7 days seek medical advice

The NHS 111 online coronavirus service can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. Only call if you cannot get help any other way. Don’t visit your GP, hospital or any other care setting for support.

NHS Test and Trace

The Government has announced guidance which means that those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.

Visit our Test and Trace page for more information and guidance on how this will work and how to download the NHS COVID-19 app.

A new Test & Trace Support Payment is being introduced which supports people who are legally required to self-isolate and have reduced income because they are unable to work from home.


For further information about the coronavirus please visit - or

For further information about Shielding please visit:

For further information about self isolating sick notes please visit: https://111.nhs/uk/isolcation-note/

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