People should not meet anyone outside of their home or support the bubble in an indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home, in a private garden, or in most public spaces.
Head of Council Mr Swift said: ‘Following today’s government announcement, unfortunately, along with other West Yorkshire authorities, Calderdale has been moved to level 3 restrictions, this which means the local COVID alert level is very high in our region.
“As a result, there will be additional restrictions on people and businesses throughout the borough. We know that this is shocking news for everyone, especially for those who have not seen their loved ones for several months; and for businesses, especially those in the hospitality sector which has already been severely affected by Covid restrictions this year.
“As the weather changes, people’s habits change too, but unfortunately the change of seasons has had a dramatic effect on the number of Covid cases in Calderdale – our rate is currently 20 times that seen at the end of the month August.
‘Hospital admissions are also increasing, so it is essential that we take action to protect our NHS services and to support our healthcare staff who are already working so hard for us this year.
“We know moving to level 3 is an unwanted step in what has been a relentless time of upheaval, but it’s important to remember that the sooner we get the virus under control, the sooner we can get out of the restrictions.
“The virus spreads too easily in groups of people and it is extremely important that we limit contact with others to control the rate of infection in the Borough and the region of West Yorkshire.
Pubs and bars must close and can only remain open where they function as if it were a restaurant – which means serving hearty meals, such as a main meal at lunchtime or in the evening . They can only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
Weddings and funerals may take place with restrictions on the number of participants.
15 guests are allowed at weddings and 30 at funeral services. 15 participants are allowed for revivals and related ceremonies.
Wedding receptions are not permitted.
People should try to avoid traveling outside of the “very high” area they are in or entering a “very high” area, other than for things like work, education, travel. access to services for young people, to meet their family responsibilities or if they are in transit.
“Each of us has a role to play in bringing the virus under control. It is important that we all continue to wash our hands regularly, wear a face mask in closed public places, stay away from people who are not in our homes, limit social contact, do tests and to isolate ourselves if we have symptoms of Covid-19 ”. Mr Swift said.
“As a Council, we will continue to do all we can to prevent and control Covid.
“Our local contact tracing service currently has the highest success rate in the North East and Yorkshire region.
The continued success of this service is so important in breaking the chain of infection and is a key part of our response to save lives and reduce transmission of the virus.
“We will also continue to push for improved government financial measures to support residents and businesses that are struggling as a result of the improved measures.”
“While the move to level 3 is daunting, it’s important to remember that this is not a return to the strict lockdown at the start of the year. While it gets harder and harder, it is essential that we all try to focus on the positives and look for ways to continue doing the things that we like within government guidelines.
People should avoid spending the night in another part of the UK if they live in a “very high” area, or avoid spending the night in a “very high” area if they live elsewhere.
Schools and universities will remain open even if a move towards a more extensive online offer is encouraged.
People should work from home whenever possible
Places of worship are open (subject to meeting limits)
Gyms will remain open although indoor exercise classes should not be held
Hairdressers and beauty salons can remain open
Libraries and museums can remain open
Casinos, soft play areas, adult game centers, betting shops and car shoe sales will be closed
Shisha Bars (serving shisa) – these places can operate but only function as a cafe and are not allowed to serve shisha.
What is the council doing to prevent and control Covid-19 in Calderdale?
We will continue to live with Covid-19 for the foreseeable future. In line with the Calderdale Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan, the Council, local partner organizations and communities are working together to protect people from the virus and to prevent and manage epidemics. This includes:
Engage and support communities, especially in areas with high infection rates, and help local businesses be made safe by Covid
Increase and improve access to testing for residents
Carry out local contact tracing to support the national testing and traceability service
Provide support to people to enable them to isolate themselves
Application of Covid-19 restrictions.
What you can do to beat the virus:
Wash your hands regularly
Wearing a face mask when we are indoors where we might come into contact with other people, such as public transport, taxis, shops, museums, and places of worship
Do not visit or receive visitors from other households inside
Stay away from crowds and avoid close contact with others, such as handshakes and hugs
Isolate for 10 days and get tested if we have symptoms of Covid-19
Follow the advice of the Test and Trace service if we have come into contact with a person infected with the virus.
For up-to-date and reliable information on Covid-19, use reliable sources such as: