Council urges residents to ‘Stay at Home’ as Government confirms another national lockdown

​Wakefield Council is urging residents to follow the new restrictions after the Prime Minister announced a third national lockdown from 00:01 Tuesday 5 January.

The latest national lockdown, which will also include the closure of all schools, means people must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions: 

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Nurseries will remain open, and childcare bubbles can remain in place. Clinically extremely vulnerable people are also being told to shield again. 

Cllr Denise Jeffery, the Leader of Wakefield Council, has pledged to do everything possible to support residents and business across the district.

Commenting on tonight’s announcement, Cllr Jeffery said: “This is yet another significant challenge facing our district and the rest of the country. The Government has made it clear that the alarming severity of the situation nationally means we must all follow the new lockdown restrictions and this Council will be here to support businesses and residents in any way we can.

“Our district is already seeing an increase in infection rates and so it is absolutely crucial for everyone to take action now and prevent the infection rate increasing more rapidly.

“If we don’t, our local NHS services risk being overwhelmed, and more lives will be lost. Please play your part, stay at home and together we can get through this.”

Wakefield Council is now working to ensure as many services as possible can remain open, in-line with the national restrictions, and will be continuing to support residents, businesses and communities. Details of any changes to council services will be communicated as soon as possible.

Information on all changes to services or closures can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk from tomorrow (Tuesday 5 January) People can still contact the Council online or by calling 0345 8 506 506. 

To find out more about the national restrictions visit www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home