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Wakefield confirmed as Local Alert Level 2 (High Alert) – we need to ACT NOW

The Government has announced that additional local restrictions will be in place for the Wakefield district from Wednesday 14 October. 

For a full summary of the new regulations click here.

The district has seen a surge in cases with 191.8 per 100,000 people now testing positive in Wakefield, compared to last week when it was 106.2 per 100,000.

The new Alert Level will see extra restrictions being imposed on all residents in the Wakefield district. This means that from Wednesday 14 October people in the Wakefield district cannot: 

  • socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • socialise in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other spaces like parks
  • Visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. 

The rule of six still applies when meeting in outdoor settings, including in private gardens. People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. 

Please take action now and follow the new local restrictions. We must do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Remember to also follow these five simple rules - 

  • Maintain regular handwashing HANDS
  • Wear a face covering, if you can, in any enclosed public space FACE
  • Maintain social distancing, wherever possible SPACE
  • Avoid any hugging or close contact with anyone outside your household
  • Avoid car sharing with anyone outside your household, if you can

Look out for symptoms. If you have any sign of a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, please take action now, by isolating immediately and getting a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.

The national test and trace system is still experiencing high demand so please do not get a test unless you have symptoms. Find out more about test and trace here.

Responding to Government changes

The Government has national restrictions in place, in response to the rising number of Covid-19 cases. These still apply.

It is crucial that we all respond to this situation and take any necessary action to continue supporting the national effort to tackle the pandemic.

These measures continue to apply to everyone in this district, and include

  • Office workers who are able to work from home should do so 
  • Customers must wear face coverings in taxis and private hire vehicles.
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways 
  • Hospitality venues must close at 10pm (which means closing, not last orders). The same will apply to takeaways, although deliveries can continue
  • The requirement to wear face coverings includes retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink
  • Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.
  • A maximum of 15 people may attend weddings, while 30 may attend funerals. Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be reopened from 1 October.

To find information on the current Government restrictions go here.


A summary of Tier 2 rules