Local Covid Alert Level – High

The whole of the Wakefield district has local covid alert level high restrictions.

Areas under the Wakefield district are: Castleford, Featherstone, Hemsworth, Horbury, Knottingley, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, South Kirkby, South Elmsall and Wakefield.

To see a map of areas click here

Important:

Wear a face covering (unless exempt) where mandated

Always follow social distancing rules

Only socialise with your own household or support bubble indoors

Do not socialise in a group of more than six people outdoors.

Social contact

Meeting people indoors

You must not socialise anywhere indoors with anybody outside of your household or support bubble.

  • You must not meet or host people you do not live with in private homes, unless they are in your support bubble.
  • You must not socialise inside someone else's home even if they live outside of Wakefield, unless they are in your support bubble.
  • You must not stay overnight away from your home with people who aren't in your household or your support bubble.
  • You must not meet people in indoor settings such as pubs, restaurants and cafes, shops, leisure and entertainment venues and places of worship (unless they are in your support bubble).

  • You should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.
When to allow people into your home

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law:

  • If everyone is in the same household, support bubble or childcare bubble
  • To attend a birth at the mother's request
  • To visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • To fulfil a legal obligation
  • For work, or to provide voluntary or charitable services
  • For education or training
  • For childcare provided by a registered provider
  • To provide emergency assistance
  • To enable one or more people to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • To help move house
  • To provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • To continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.
Meeting people outdoors
  • You can meet people from other households outdoors - including in private gardens, outdoor parts of pubs and restaurants and public places like parks.
  • If you do meet other people, you must be socially distanced.
  • You cannot form a group of more than 6 people. This is the Rule of Six.

Eating and drinking outside

You can meet with up to six people in a pub, restaurant or café with outdoor seating. You must observe social distancing.

Outdoor areas would include any uncovered outdoor seating, including pub gardens. Where sheltered seating is made available for this purpose (an external structure with a roof covering), it must not be enclosed at the sides, leaving adequate 'open space and ventilation'. Any fully or partially enclosed gazebos or full shelters would meet the definition of an indoor venue and only immediate family or linked households be able to use this space.

Information for businesses:

Relevant businesses (such as restaurants, pubs, etc) must ensure no bookings are accepted:

for a group of more than six, where the group is to be located outdoors, unless one of the exceptions (same household or linked household or other permitted exception) applies;

for a group of two or more persons to be located indoors at the premises unless one of the exceptions applies;

You must not admit:

a group of more than six, where the group is to be located outdoors, unless one of the exceptions in law (same household/linked household or other exeption) applies, or

a group of two or more persons, where the group is to be located indoors, unless one of the exceptions applies;

You must make sure no person joins another group or otherwise acts in a way which would contravene the regulations


Support bubbles

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household

Education

Schools, colleges and universities remain open.

Childcare

These people can provide childcare in private homes and gardens:

  • Registered childcare providers, including nannies.
  • People in your support bubble.
  • People in your childcare bubble.

A childcare bubble is where someone in one household, for instance grandparents, provides childcare to a child under 14 in another household. For any given childcare bubble, this must always be between the same 2 households.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high#childcare

It is allowed to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

Face coverings

A face covering should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organization recommends three depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
  • ·avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
  • avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
  • change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you've touched it
  • avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)
  • When removing a face covering:
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
  • only handle the straps, ties or clips
  • do not give it to someone else to use
  • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
  • if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer's instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

Work

  • Work from home where possible.
  • You can travel in and out of the Wakefield district for work if you have to.

Travel

You should reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

  • You can continue to travel to venues and amenities which are open, for work or education.
  • You can still go to the shops, hairdressers, gym and almost all other businesses.
  • Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport, and walk or cycle where possible.
  • Do not go to test and trace centres by public transport or taxi.
  • Avoid travel into local COVID alert very high areas where possible.
  • You can go on holiday with your household or support bubble. Check what the restrictions are where you are going.

Places of worship and religious / civil ceremonies

  • You can attend a mosque, church, synagogue, temple or other place or worship, but you should socially distance from people outside of your household. If possible, prayer or religious services should take place outdoors.
  • Up to 15 people are allowed to attend weddings and civil partnerships.
  • Up to 30 people are allowed to attend other religious ceremonies.
  • Pontefract Crematorium 14 persons (excluding Celebrant). This is the maximum number we can fit in the chapel and maintain proper social distancing.
  • Wakefield Crematorium 16 persons (excluding Celebrant). This is the maximum number we can fit in the chapel and maintain proper social distancing.
  • Burials in Council Cemeteries – Maximum of 30 mourners with appropriate social distancing observed.
  • People working at these ceremonies or events are not included in the maximum group size.

Shopping, retail, leisure, and hospitality

  • Businesses and venues can stay open in a COVID-Secure manner, unless they remain closed by law.
  • You can still go to the shops, hairdressers, gym and almost all other businesses.
  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and adult entertainment venues remain closed.

All pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues must close by 10pm

  • You can go to pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues with your household or support bubble.
  • They are legally required to take customers' contact details.
  • They are restricted by law to table service only.
  • Table bookings of more than six are not allowed.
  • Table bookings of more than one household or social bubble are not allowed indoors.
  • They can be fined if they take reservations of more than six, do not enforce social distancing or do not take customers' contact details.
  • They can sell food to takeaway after 10pm by delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
  • Facemasks must be worn by all staff.

Team sports and physical activity

Organised and licensed physical activity

  • More than 6 people can take part outdoors.
  • Up to 6 people can take part indoors if they can avoid mixing with others from outside their household or support bubble.
    • Organised team sports for children and disabled people can continue indoors in groups of more than 6.

You must follow these rules

  • The activity must be organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor or coach, business or charity, and/or involve someone who has received an official licence to use the equipment being used.
  • The organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance.
  • Team sports should only be played where the governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely.

Organised exercise classes
  • Organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in with people you do not live with or share a support bubble with.
  • A risk assessment must have been carried out.

Other sport and exercise

 All other sports activities with people you do not live with at indoor and outdoor public venues should not take place.