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10:39 AM 30th October 2020
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Local COVID Alert Level Update For West Yorkshire

Calderdale, City of Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Monday 2 November.

Following close discussions with local leaders, all of West Yorkshire, comprising the 5 districts of Calderdale, City of Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Monday 2 November.

This means that new measures will come into place including:

people must not socialise with anybody they do not live or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
people must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or outdoor sports courts or facilities
all pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals
people should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level or entering a very high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey
residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area


In addition, following discussions with West Yorkshire leaders it was agreed that from Monday 2 November the following measures will also come into place:

casinos, betting shops, soft play centres and areas, adult gaming centres will close; car boot sales will be prohibited
the use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited; bars, restaurants and cafes which usually serve shared smoking equipment may otherwise continue to operate in line with the regulations on hospitality venues for ‘very high’ areas
leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools, and sports courts) can remain open; it is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place


The rate of COVID-19 infections is rising rapidly across the UK. The weekly case rate in England stood at 224 people per 100,000 from 17 October to 23 October, up from 100 people per 100,000 for the week 25 September to 1 October. Cases are not evenly spread, with infection rates rising more rapidly in some areas than others.

In West Yorkshire, infection rates are among the highest in the country and continue to rise rapidly. The weekly case rate stands at 441 people per 100,000 across the region, and is 337 per 100,000 in those over 60 rising to 597 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 years old, as of 23 October.

In Bradford the current weekly case rate per 100,000 rises to 499 per 100,000, with 634 per 100,000 aged between 17 to 21.

As of Tuesday, there were 236 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, a sharp increase from 143 confirmed cases a week earlier.

To support the local community during this period, it has also been agreed with local leaders that the move to very high will be supported by funding that is proportionate to that received by other regions that have moved to very high. This will include additional funding from the contain outbreak management fund to support proactive containment and intervention measures, as well as business support funding.

The measures are limited to 28 days, after which they will be reviewed.

Background information

Case rates per 100,000 people (data for specimens taken between 17 October 2020 and 23 October 2020):

in Bradford, weekly case rates stand at 499 per 100,000. This is 634 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 383 per 100,000 in the over 60s
in Calderdale, weekly case rates stand at 446 per 100,000. This is 679 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 293 per 100,000 in the over 60s
in Wakefield, weekly case rates stand at 436 per 100,000. This is 538 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 324 per 100,000 in the over 60s
in Leeds, weekly case rates stand at 423 per 100,000. This is 608 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 370 per 100,000 in the over 60s
in Kirklees, weekly case rates stand at 406 per 100,000. This is 522 per 100,000 in those aged 17 to 21 and is 271 per 100,000 in the over 60s