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Coronavirus: New restrictions for families in Ilkley and Keighley

Coronavirus: New restrictions for families in Ilkley and Keighley

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:52pm 30th July 2020. (Updated at 12:04am 31st July 2020)

Separate households are banned from meeting indoors in parts of West Yorkshire after a rise in coronavirus cases.

  • The order covers Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees 
  • Bradford Council says they'll "be able to respond in more detail once we have clarity from the government"
  • Ilkley's MP has confirmed on social media that it does include Keighley and Ilkley
  • Bradford Council's Chief Executive also seemed to confirm the order applies to all of the District

Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement tonight. Other parts of Northern England are included in the new order, which came into effect at midnight. 

It covers:

  • All of Greater Manchester
  • East Lancashire: Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Rossendale and Blackburn with Darwen
  • West Yorkshire: Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees
  • The city of Leicester, which saw the UK's first local lockdown 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said "households gathering and not abiding by the social distancing rules" was a reason for the decision, which had been taken in order to "keep the country safe".

It's understood the order applies to the whole Bradford District and therefore covers Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale. 

Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley, has stated on social media that it includes all households in his constituency. 

 

The Chief Executive of Bradford Council also seemed to confirm this on social media this evening:

Bradford Council has stated they'll "be able to respond in more detail once we have clarity" from the government. 

 

Craven Council has also taken to social media this evening to reassure residents the new rules will not affect the Craven District. 

Ilkley BID is calling for more clarification on what the new order will mean for people and businesses in Ilkley. 

Mr Hancock said:

"We're constantly vigilant and we've been looking at the data, and unfortunately we've seen across parts of northern England an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus.

"So, today, I held a meeting of the government's Gold Committee and working with local leaders, including, for instance, Andy Burnham the mayor of Greater Manchester, we've decided that we need to take action across Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.

"So, from midnight tonight [Friday] we are banning households meeting up indoors."

It's unclear whether the new order will also ban meeting up with separate households in pubs, restaurants or bars, with many calling for clarity this evening on social media. 

However, a government source told Sky News:

"You shouldn't be intentionally meeting people from outside your household in an enclosed place - that includes pubs and restaurants and bars."