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Coronavirus information

We have now entered step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown restrictions. You can find out more about the changes by visiting the Government website.

As restrictions are lifted, 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 must self-isolate and arrange 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. 
People who are working from home are advised to return to work gradually. .You can find out more about work and financial support here. 

The Government will continue to keep key protections: 

  • symptomatic testing and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk
  • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace
  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries, and for those people arriving from amber list countries, other than those UK residents fully vaccinated in the UK vaccine programme
  • encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use certification in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their
  • household to encourage use of certification. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date

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.

For the next stage in this fight against the virus, please continue to be careful and be kind to others and play your part to keep everyone safe. You can do that by:

  • Getting both doses of vaccine without delay. You can find out more here.
  • 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 isolate immediately and take a PCR test.
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you must self-isolate and arrange a PCR test immediately. The self-isolation rules do not change until 16 August.
  • Limit the number of people you mix with who are not in your household. Where possible, meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated places.
  • Continue to wear a face-covering in indoor public places or on public transport.

Vaccine

Vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and have saved thousands of lives. Vaccinated people are less likely to be seriously unwell with COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it.

You can find out more about how to get your vaccine here.

Testing

Testing is important in our fight against the virus. Finding positive cases means that contacts can isolate, stopping the spread and reducing cases. You can find out more about our testing programme here.

Life events

There are no restrictions to life events as long as social distancing can be met.

Funerals

From Monday 19th July 2021 we will increase the seating capacity to the limits detailed below

  • Pontefract Crematorium. 100 seats – 85 in main chapel; 15 on balcony. Due to limited ventilation in the waiting room this will remain closed.
  • Wakefield Crematorium. 87 seats – 80 in main chapel; 7 in the waiting room.

We will limit capacity within both Crematoria buildings to seating only, with no standing in the chapels, waiting areas or foyer, so the above numbers are the maximum number of people we will allow into the respective buildings for a service. We will still allow people to gather outside and continue to put the outside speakers on but would be grateful if you could advise your families of the specific seating capacity. Chairs will be interlocked as before the pandemic and we would request they are not moved during a service.

With rising levels of infection, the following risk control measures will remain in place to ensure the safety of both mourners and staff:

  • Windows will remain open where possible in the Chapels to ensure sufficient ventilation.
  • The entrance and Chapel doors will remain open to allow additional ventilation. We are introducing this because it has been shown that the most effective way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission in an indoor setting is to open as many windows and doors as possible.
  • Whilst not mandatory, from Monday 19th July we would strongly advise and request all attendees continue to wear a face covering whilst inside the buildings. We would also request all Funeral Directors and Celebrants continue to wear a face covering.
  • We will continue to provide sanitising stations as mourners enter the buildings, and would encourage all attendees to use them.
  • We will amend our cleaning regime between services to reflect the additional seating; but please note we will only have a limited ten minute period between services to sanitise and would be grateful if you could ensure services remain on time and do not overrun.
  • We will remove the barrier around the catafalque.
  • No hymn books will be available for use.
  • To ensure the ongoing safety of staff, the front offices at both Crematoria will remain closed for access and we would request that nobody other than staff enter these rooms. Staff will be available for Funeral Directors to confirm their service arrangements prior to the service commencing and for the collection of cremated remains but we would ask that people do not directly enter these offices.
  • Please advise your families that they must still notify us if they know of anyone attending who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been asked to self- isolate so that we can put in place appropriate arrangements.

From Monday 19th July we no longer need to collect contact details for track and trace.

The Chapel of Remembrance at each Crematorium will re-open on Monday, with a restriction of one group bubble in the building at any one time. The Chapel will be cleaned on a regular basis.

Close contact

It is now your choice to decide whether to maintain social distancing with close family and friends.

However, we do urge caution about the risks that come with close personal contact such as hugging, as this remains a direct way of transmitting the disease. Our case rates remain higher than other areas of the country and we ask that you take steps to keep yourselves and their loved ones safe and remember that some people remain more vulnerable than others. People are reminded to continue to make space for other people to maintain social distancing if they want to.

Travel

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.

The Government has updated travel guidance here.

Council services

Information on all changes to services can be found here.

For frequently asked questions click here.

For information on what financial support is available for businesses, click here

COVID tests 

There are two different types of COVID-19 testing available and it is important that you access the right one:

  1. Tests for people with symptoms (symptomatic testing or PCR); and

  2. Regular testing for people going out to work who don't have symptoms (symptom-free testing or LFT)

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/getting-a-covid-19-test

Money advice and support during coronavirus

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/more-money-in-my-pocket/advice-during-coronavirus