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Bradford district at 'high' Covid Alert while North Yorkshire at 'medium'

The Ilkley and Keighley areas have been placed in the Tier 2 'High' alert for coronavirus restrictions, while Skipton is at the lowest 'Medium' level.

The Prime Minister has announced how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local Covid Alert Levels in England.

The three levels will be set at Medium, High and Very High. Only Liverpool is initially being placed on Very High alert.

The “medium” alert level - which will cover most of the country including residents of North Yorkshire - will consist of the current national measures, which came into force on 25 September. This includes the Rule of Six, and the closure of hospitality at 10pm.

The “high” alert level will reflect many current local interventions - including in the Bradford district - but there will now be consistency across the country. This primarily aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing all mixing between households or support bubbles indoors.

The main change for residents of the Bradford district is a slight relaxation of the rules for meeting people outdoors. The Rule of Six will now apply here in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

What does it mean for me?

Residents of the Bradford district - including Ilkley, Addingham, Silsden, Steeton, Eastburn, Keighley and Haworth

Local COVID Alert Level - High

·         People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

·         People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.

·         People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.


Residents of North Yorkshire - including Skipton, Bradley, Cononley, Kildwick, Cross Hills and Sutton

Local COVID Alert Level - Medium

·         All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.

·         Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.

·         Schools, universities and places of worship remain open

·         Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees

·         Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed

·         People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors.

Earlier today it was announced that the Yorkshire region’s “Nightingale Hospital” - at the Harrogate International Centre - is back on standby to deal with rising numbers of patients needing treatment for Covid-19.

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