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Staying Safe

The entire Wakefield district, along with the rest of England, is under national lockdown restrictions.

Following the Government’s announcement on 22 February 2021, England remains under restrictions and residents must continue to stay at home, work from home if possible and follow the government guidance.

From 8 March 2021, the government’s first phase of step one lockdown easing will begin.

This will mean:

  • All schools and colleges across England will re-open along with practical higher education courses, other higher education courses will remain online
  • Wraparound childcare (including childminders) and other children’s activities can restart from 8 March for all children where it is needed to enable parents or carers to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children can attend these settings regardless of circumstance. Under-18 sport can take place at school as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound care, but should not otherwise take place at this time
  • Outdoor after-school sports and activities will be able to take place
  • Recreational activities in public spaces, such as a park, will also be 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 will be able to have one regular visitor with whom they can hold hands with
  • Six people can attend a wake and weddings with up to six attendees can take place in exceptional circumstances only

From 29 March 2021, the second phase of step one of lockdown easing will begin.

This will mean: 

  • 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.

The latest national lockdown means people must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible.

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services

  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery

  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone's main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes

  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses

  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks

  • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)

  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise

  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people's homes

  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services

 

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Support for businesses

Your business may be eligible for financial support as part of a grant system. 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

Important

We are now able to begin the distribution of the Local Restrictions Grant Support to businesses that are mandated to close under the current national lockdown restrictions.

Eligible businesses, who have previously received a grant payment for the November 2020 period of national restrictions, will automatically receive their payment and top up payment. Businesses do not need to take any action.

For more information visit: https://wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

Work

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.

Financial support for businesses and employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for furloughed hours and further economic support announced.

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme. Businesses will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during this period.

For more information visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

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.

Help with money, housing and jobs during coronavirus

We appreciate that the coronavirus outbreak is a challenging time for everyone. We know that it's having a significant impact on people financially and is affecting many individuals, businesses and the local and national economy.

You can visit the Support Finder on the Government website to find out what financial help is available to you.