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Let's keep life moving

We are now in stage four of the Government roadmap out of restrictions.

Please remember that COVID-19 case rates are high in our district and we must all think about our own risk and play our part in keeping ourselves and each other safe.

To help limit the spread of the virus, you should:

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, you should arrange to have a PCR test immediately.

The Government is expecting and recommending that you should:

  • Consider your own risk and think of others
  • Get vaccinated
  • Limit the number of people you mix with who are not in your household. Where possible, people should meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated places.Wear face coverings in crowded, indoor settings.

You can find out about the Government's roadmap here.

Summer Loving

What are you loving about the Wakefield district this summer?

Local businesses and attractions across the district have been looking toward to welcoming you, from restaurants and castles to leisure facilities and parks.

There is so much to love about our District, so get that summer loving feeling, and start planning your days out. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at experiencewakefield.co.uk to see what is on.

Please remember to be careful, be kind and be safe when out and about to protect yourself and others this summer.

Summer Loving competitions

We are running two competitions throughout the summer for a chance to win a fun day out package. The two lucky winners will get:

  • Family bike hire at either Pugneys Country Park, Thornes Park or Aspire@ThePark
  • Family swim at any Aspire facility
  • Family climb at Aspire@ThePark
  • Family tennis game at Aspire@ThePark (equipment included)
  • Family golf lesson at City of Wakefield Golf Course

We are asking you to send us photos on social media of what you are enjoying about the District this summer, be it shopping for holiday clothes in a local boutique, spending time with the family visiting a local attractions or enjoying some 'me time' relaxing in a country park.

Please make sure you tag #SummerLovingWF in your post for a chance to win.

In our second competition, we are asking our youngest residents to draw or paint their favourite summer activity such as playing football with friends or having a picnic in the park. Photos of the children's masterpieces should be sent to covid19communications@wakefield.gov.uk.

Please note: both competitions close on Friday 3 September. The winners will be announced Friday 20 September.

Be careful, be kind, be safe

To help protect our residents and visitors, there are extra measures in place in our towns and city centre:

  • We have installed signage at the entrances of our highest footfall retail areas to remind visitors to be careful, be kind, and be safe.
  • Our friendly community ambassadors are helping out in busy areas. They are there to keep everyone safe. If you feel vulnerable, they will be on hand to help.

When venturing out into our towns and city centre, please have patience and be kind to each other and to those who are working hard to protect you.

Please show respect to everyone who is trying their best to make sure you can have a great experience in a safe environment. By being kind and working together, we can continue to reduce infection rates in our district and make our way back to normality.

Vulnerable people

Some people will have been shielding for a long time and may be anxious about returning to public spaces - especially as restrictions have been removed. If you see anyone who may need support, please help by directing them to a community ambassador.

Take 5

While out and about, if you feel over-whelmed, anxious or need to step away from a busy area we have the 'Take 5' initiative where businesses, and other locations in the District, offer a quiet space for people, with staff trained to offer assistance.

Find out more by visiting:www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-health-and-leisure/healthy-living/take-5.

Disabilities and exemptions

Please bear in mind that not all disabilities and exemptions are visible when you are out and about. It is important that we have patience, and show compassion and respect to everyone.

You can learn about non-visible disabilities here.

For information on face-covering exemptions, visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Support for businesses

To find out about what support is available for businesses, please visit: www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19.

The team can be contacted atbusinesssupport@wakefield.gov.ukor by calling 01924 306630

Financial support for businesses and employees

The Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

From 1 August 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

For claims from 1st July 2021, employers must top up employees' wages to make sure they receive 80% of their wages (up to £2,500) for the hours they are on furlough. The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

  • 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
  • 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 on or after 28 September 2020, 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:www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme.