These are the new local lockdown restrictions in place across Calderdale, Kirklees, Bradford and more

Wakefield has narrowly escaped entering a local lockdown, after new restrictions were introduced across large swathes of West Yorkshire.

Friday, 18th September 2020, 12:59 pm
Updated Friday, 18th September 2020, 2:05 pm

All areas of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale will be banned from socialising with people outside their own households or support bubble from Tuesday (September 22).

Some wards in these areas had previously been released from strict restrictions introduced last month, but the government has now confirmed that all wards will be included in the new ban.

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Wakefield has narrowly escaped entering a local lockdown, after new restrictions were introduced across large swathes of West Yorkshire. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

However, no restrictions will be put into place in Wakefield or Leeds, despite rising case numbers in both local authorities.

Leeds was declared an "area of concern" for rising cases earlier this month, on the same day that Wakefield was removed from the government's watchlist.

According to the NHS, the rate of cases for the seven days up to September 15 was 29.9 per 100,000 in Wakefield, 85.3 per 100,000 in Bradford, 68.6 per 100,000 in Leeds, 42.8 per 100,000 in Calderdale and 64.3 per 100,000 in Kirklees.

What are the new restrictions?

Local lockdowns have today been confirmed in parts of the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire, to curb the rising infection rates.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the restrictions had been agreed in collaboration with local leaders. All will come into force from Tuesday, September 22.

The new restrictions are as follows:

In all parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, people will be banned from socialising with people outside of their household or support bubble from Tuesday, September 22.

In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), residents will be banned from socialising with people outside their households or support bubbles in private homes and gardens, and hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service onlu.

Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am.

In Wolverhampton and Oadby & Wigston residents will be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton.

"Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.

“I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission.

“I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’. By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”