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Coronavirus information

On 14 June 2021, the Government announced that the final step of the roadmap unlocking is to be delayed.  It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July. This will be reviewed no later than 12 July.  

This means that step three restrictions remain in place for now.

The four week pause is due to a rapid rise in the number of cases of the new COVID-19 Delta variant across the country. The pause will allow all over 40s and the clinically vulnerable to have their second dose and for all over 18s to recieve their first dose by 19 July.

Advice to work from home where possible remains in place.

We must continue to follow hands, face, space, fresh air guidance. A big thank you to everyone doing their bit to reduce infection rates in our district – let's keep going.

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

Current regulations and guidance

What is open?

  • All retail
  • Personal care settings like hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Public buildings like libraries, community centres and museums.
  • Indoor hospitality such as restaurants, pubs, hotels, hostels and B&Bs
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades and theatres.
  • Indoor adult group sports and exercise classes can take place.
  • Indoor children's play areas
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
  • Some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues are allowed with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number).
  • In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people are allowed to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

What remains closed?

Adult entertainment venues such as nightclubs

Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities. A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.

For more information about the help available to businesses and the financial support available visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

The team can be contacted at businesssupport@wakefield.gov.uk or by calling 01924 306630

Education

All schools and colleges across England are open along with practical higher education courses, other higher education courses remain online. Secondary school and college students are not required to wear masks in class and communal areas but due to the higher case rate in Wakefield it is still advised.

Life events

From 21 June, weddings and funerals can go ahead with more than 30 guests provided social distancing remains in place.  

Funerals

At Pontefract and Wakefield Crematoria, the number of mourners who can be safely accommodated inside the venues is as follows:

At Pontefract and Wakefield Crematoria, the number of mourners who can be safely accommodated inside the venues is as follows:

  • The number of mourners that can attend Pontefract Crematorium is 30. This involves allowing people to sit in pairs, where it can be accommodated, as we acknowledge that few people attend a funeral service on their own. This will allow 12 people to sit in the balcony (6 pairs appropriately socially distanced) and 4 extra people in the main chapel (4 pairs).
  • The number of mourners that can attend Wakefield Crematorium is 26. This involves providing 4 extra chairs in the main chapel , which will be 'buddied up' with 4 existing chairs to form 4 pairs. The waiting room is also open for a maximum of 6 mourners (3 pairs of 2) so that they can view the service on the TV monitor situated in the room.

All maximum numbers do not include people supporting the service, such as funeral directors, ministers and celebrants.

Face masks remain mandatory within all buildings to ensure COVID-19 secure status, and we will continue to provide hand washing facilities/sanitiser. We also still need to maintain the current systems to comply with government Track and Trace procedures.

There is no longer a restriction to the number of mourners attending a burial in one of our cemeteries as long as they follow current social distancing rules. However, the relaxation of numbers of mourners only applies to the funeral, and not to related events such as the scattering of ashes or the interment of cremated remains. The current restriction of 30 persons for such events still remains in place.

The Government is currently reviewing and updating the advice on funerals and social distancing. We will provide updates as appropriate.

Meeting friends and family

  • The rule of six (groups of six or less) or two households can meet indoors.
  • 30 people can mix outdoors.
  • Overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
  • All care home residents in England can have five regular visitors. For more information about the changes to care home visits, please click here.

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 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england 

Step 4 of the roadmap

The government has announced that the next step of the roadmap will be delayed. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July. This will be reviewed no later than 12 July.   

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 

For more information visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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)

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