COVID-19 FAQs

Wakefield district's rates remain higher than other areas of the country and we ask residents to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones

We thank you for your ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus but ask you to please keep going.

To limit the spread of the virus, the council's advice to residents continues to be:

  • Get both doses of vaccine without delay.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must self-isolate immediately and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
  • If you believe you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, arrange a PCR test immediately.
  • Limit the number of people you mix with who are not in your household. Where possible, meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated places.
Stage four

On 19 July,we moved onto the fourth phase of the plan.

  • There are no restrictions on indoor or outdoor gatherings.
  • Weddings, funerals and other life events can take place without limits or restrictions.
  • All venues have reopened, and there is no legal requirement for table service in hospitality settings.
  • Face coverings are no longer legally required in shops, schools, hospitality, or on public transport although guidance suggests where you might choose to wear one, e.g. where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet in enclosed and crowded places.
  • The 1m plus rule has been lifted apart from in specific places e.g. at the border to help manage the risks of new variants coming into the country.
Thinking of others

Many people may feel very nervous and anxious about mixing with others.

It is important that you are mindful and aware of your actions by making space for others, wearing a face covering in indoor public spaces and washing your hands regularly.

How can I help protect myself, loved ones and local community?

Getting a vaccination:

Having both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your local community.

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety and effectiveness. They have been approved by an independent body (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), which follows international standards of safety, and have gone through all the same clinical trials and safety checks.

Everyone is urged to get both doeses of vaccine without delay.

You can build up better protection against COVID-19 symptoms when the vaccine is given in two, smaller doses. If you only have one dose, you'll not be as well protected as you could be.

You can find out more about the vaccines here.

Another way to protect yourself and others is regular testing. Twice weekly rapid tests (lateral flow tests) are available for everyone over 18 with no symptoms.

Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, should immediately book a test by calling 119 or visiting: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

You can find out more about lateral flow and PCR testing here.

Finances

What financial help is available?

The Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. Workers in any part of the UK, may be able to retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month.

  • There is also support available to help you with money, housing and jobs during coronavirus here.
  • Visit the Support Finder on the Government website to find out what financial help is available to you

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

  • If you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you are under a legal obligation to do so.
  • You could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you live in England and meet certain criteria.

Visit the Government website to find out if you are eligible

Travelling

Where can I travel to?

The Government has set out how international travel can resume and has introduced a 'traffic light' system to categorise destinations as green, amber or red. Further guidance on the countries in each category and the quarantine arrangements in place for each can be found here.

Read detailed fAQs here.