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Coronavirus information

The Government's first phase of step one lockdown easing began on 8 March. 

Step 1 poster

This means:

  • All schools and colleges across England have reopened along with practical higher education courses, other higher education courses remain online. Secondary school and college students are required to wear masks in class and communal areas
  • Outdoor after-school sports and activities can take place
  • Recreational activities in public spaces, such as a park, is allowed. This can be between two people from different households, or between one household and one other person, meaning they can sit down for a drink or picnic outdoors
  • You can continue to exercise with one other person outdoors.
  • All care home residents in England can have one regular visitor with whom they can hold hands with. For more information about the changes to care home visits, please click here.
  • Funerals can be attended by up to 14 people at Pontefract Crematorium, or 16 at Wakefield Crematorium. This is the maximum number that can fit in the chapel and maintain proper social distancing
  • Up to 30 people can attend a burial outdoors, as long as social distancing is maintained
  • Six people can attend a wake and weddings with up to six attendees can take place in exceptional circumstances only

On 29 March, phase 1B of lockdown easing began:

This means: 

  • The rule of six (groups of six or less) or two households can meet outdoors. Households must not mix indoors.
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities will open
  • Organised outdoor sport will be allowed (for children and adults) 
  • Travel should be minimised. Holidays will not be permitted. 
  • Outdoor parent and child groups can take place (up to 15 parents)  

You can find out more about the government's roadmap and the planned steps here.

On 12 April, the second phase of lockdown easing began:

Step 2 poster

These places have now opened:  

  • All retail
  • Personal care settings like hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Public buildings like libraries, community centres.
  • Outdoor hospitality like alcohol takeaways, and beer gardens
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites for household stays only.
  • Wakes, weddings and receptions of up to 15 people will be permitted.

Step 3 No earlier than 17 May

Step 3 poster 

  • Two households can mix indoors.
  • You can stay overnight in somebody's home.
  • 30 people can mix outdoors.
  • The rule of six will be applied in hospitality settings like pubs.
  • Cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events will reopen - with social distancing required.
  • Indoor events of up to 1,000 or 50% can take place.
  • Indoor events of up to 4,000 or 50% can take place.
  • Up to 10,000 spectators will be able to attend the very largest outdoor seated venues like football stadiums.
  • Most significant life events like weddings, funerals, receptions, wakes and christenings will be allowed with up to 30 people.

Step 4 No earlier than 21 June 

Step 4 poster

  • There will be no remaining legal limits on social contact
  • Nightclubs will reopen
  • There will no legal limit on attendance at large events and life events

The roadmap is explained in more detail in this video 

Council services

Information on all changes to services or closures 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)