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Coronavirus: Government publishes new restrictions for Bradford

Coronavirus: Government publishes new restrictions for Bradford

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:46am 31st July 2020. (Updated at 2:06pm 31st July 2020)

It's been confirmed they cover the whole district, including Ilkley, Burley in Wharfedale and Keighley.

  • The government have announced new lockdown restrictions for parts of Northern England, including Bradford
  • They mean households can't meet up with other households in homes and gardens, or in places like pubs and restaurants
  • In Bradford and Blackburn, gyms, swimming pools and other indoor leisure facilities must remain closed
  • The new rules are being brought in following a rise in coronavirus cases in these areas

A series of new lockdown rules are now in force in Bradford, as well as a number of other parts of Northern England.

Bradford Council have this morning confirmed to Stray FM that the restrictions apply to the entire district, including towns like Ilkley, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Keighley.

Late on Thursday night, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced these restrictions would be coming into force from midnight on Thursday night, following a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the affected areas.

As well as Bradford, the rules apply to Calderdale, Kirklees, all of Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire.



During the night, the government published more details of the new restrictions online.

If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, you should not:

  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law).
  • visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.
  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with others. 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.

New laws will be passed, giving the police powers to enforce the changes to meeting people in private homes and gardens, which include issuing fines of £100.

Meanwhile, the rules also say in Bradford and Blackburn, indoor gyms, indoor dance and fitness studios, indoor sports courts and facilities and indoor swimming pools will all be required to remain closed by law.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said:

“Restricting businesses and stopping people gathering together is not something anyone wants to see happen but like many areas in the North of England, we’re at a critical moment in our District’s response to Covid-19.

“We hope that by taking these precautions we can prevent the introduction of much tougher lockdown measures.

“I want to thank the people of the Bradford district for their patience and forbearance.  We’re really proud of the way so many people in our district are working together to beat the virus. We know that these measures will be massively inconvenient and disruptive for everyone, and especially distressing for people celebrating Eid, but we need everyone to work together so we can get the infection rates down and these measures lifted as soon as possible.

“We urge everyone to follow the Covid Code so they can keep themselves and their families safe and well.”

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