Everything you need to know as lockdown restrictions lifted in parts of West Yorkshire

Local lockdown restrictions have been lifted in parts of West Yorkshire today.

By Rebecca Marano
Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 12:04 pm

Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees have been subject to lockdown restrictions since Thursday, July 30.

This was due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

From Wednesday, September 2 some council wards will be exempt from the restrictions.

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Parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees are no longer under lockdown restrictions.

This is due to a number of MPs urging the government for a more more localised approach to the measures.

-> Coronavirus restrictions to be lifted in majority of West Yorkshire wards - but some urban areas stay under local lockdownHealth and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We brought in measures to protect people in these parts of Northern England, and I want to thank residents who have worked so hard to get on top of this virus.

"We’re seeing the positive results of our local approach, and are able to bring in increasingly targeted measures.

"It is vital we can maintain this good progress. I have every faith people across the county, especially in areas where we are seeing higher numbers of cases, will continue to play their part by following local rules, and self-isolating and requesting a free test as soon as they get any symptoms."

This is everything you need to know:

What does this change mean?

This change means that people who live and work in areas no longer under lockdown can mix with other households in private homes and gardens again.

People who live in areas that remain under lockdown cannot mix with other households.

This includes mixing with people in public venues such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, places of worship or visitor attractions.

People cannot meet in someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside the affected areas.

-> West Yorkshire lockdown: new rules and guidance for Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees explainedWhich areas of Bradford are no longer under lockdown restrictions?

- Craven

- Ilkley

- Worth Valley

- Baildon

- Bingley

- Bingley Rural

- Shipley

- Wharfedale

- Windhill & Wrose.

Which areas of Bradford are still under lockdown?

- Bolton & Undercliffe

- Bowling & Barkerend

- Bradford Moor,

- City centre

- Clayton & Fairweather Green

- Eccleshill

- Great Horton

- Heaton

- Idle & Thackley

- Keighley Central

- Keighley East

- Keighley West

- Little Horton

- Manningham

- Queensbury

- Royds (Buttershaw)

- Thornton & Allerton

- Toller

- Tong

- Wibsey

- Wyke

Which areas of Kirklees are no longer under lockdown?

- Golcar

- Greenhead

- Heckmondwike

- Holme Valley South

- Lindley

- Liversedge and Gomersal

- Mirfield

- Newsome

- Cleckheaton

- Dalton

- Denby Dale

- Almondbury

- Colne Valley

- Crosland Moor and Netherton

- Holme Valley North

- Kirkburton

- Ashbrow

- Birstall and Birkenshaw

Which areas of Kirklees are still under lockdown?

- Batley East

- Batley West,

- Dewsbury East

- Dewsbury South

- Dewsbury West

Which areas of Calderdale are no longer under lockdown?

- Brighouse

- Calder

- Elland

- Greenland and Stainland

- Hipperholme and Lightcliffe

- Luddendenfoot

- Rastrick

- Ryburn

- Todmorden

Which areas of Calderdale are still under lockdown?

- Illingworth and Mixenden

- Northowram and shelf

- Ovenden

- Park

- Skircoat

- Sowerby Bridge

- Halifax Town

- Warley

What has each local council said about the changes?

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “The Government have made their decision. It’s great for people in a minority of wards and I’m relieved for them but it’s not great news for the rest of the district.

"We had hoped that this week they would remove the restrictions across the entire local authority, not just bits of it, especially as the infection rate has come down this week.

“We also hoped they would open gyms across the district again but they have instead chosen to only open them in Shipley constituency and in three wards of Keighley constituency, not in the entire Bradford District. Yet they are all open in Oldham where the infection rate is higher.

“Inevitably this is a more complex environment within which to manage local public services and of course there will be a real, and valid, feeling of unfairness that some residents are allowed to see their families again, but others cannot simply because they live a street away across a ward boundary.

“But I would ask people within the local restrictions to be patient and work with us to keep the infection rate down. We will continue to support you through these difficult times. The faster the infection rates comes down, the stronger our case for removing the entire district from restrictions."

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “This week I asked Government for the whole of Kirklees to be lifted from these restrictions and this is still my view. So, I’m disappointed that people and businesses in Dewsbury and Batley will continue to be impacted by these restrictions for now. However, this decision shows that the Government agrees that we’re heading in the right direction.

“I am going to press the Government to tell us how we can get Dewsbury and Batley lifted from these restrictions and I’m going to fight for these communities. In the meantime, we will continue with the great work we’re doing on the ground to target our most at-risk areas to bring infection rates down.

“My message to people in Dewsbury and Batley is that I know how tough this has been and will continue to be, but if we all keep following the guidance and staying safe we will get these local restrictions lifted."

Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said: “Last week the Government asked local political leaders to recommend where local restrictions should be applied within Calderdale based on our local coronavirus case data and our knowledge of our communities.

“Working cross party with our local MPs and Group Leaders we developed a set of recommendations which have now been approved by the Government for Calderdale.

“I would like to thank my colleagues for their constructive contributions which helped shape our recommendations. These are complex and difficult decisions, as they must balance the need to support our local economy and to allow those social freedoms that we all enjoy against the risk of spreading the virus.

“We understand that the decision to keep additional restrictions in place in the Halifax constituency for another week, will cause disappointment and heartache to those who miss their loved ones. To them I offer my sympathy and promise that we will continue with all the measures we are taking to further bring down the numbers and make the case for the remaining local restrictions to be lifted as soon as possible."