The Government announced that measures introduced in Bradford to contain the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place across the region following a further rise in cases.

Recent data from Public Health England show Bradford currently has the fifth-highest infection rate in England.

Figures issued on August 12 show 54.7 cases per 100,000 people tested in the district, a rise from 52.6 per 100,000 from the previous week.

The initial measures were introduced in the district at midnight on July 31 following a rise in cases in the area. Another government review will take place next week to determine whether the measures can be lifted.

The precautionary measures include not meeting with people outside of your household unless you have formed a support bubble, not visiting anyone else’s home or garden, even if they live outside of the affected region.

Socialising with people outside of your household in other indoor public venues is also prohibited. These venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues. Residents can attend these places with people you live with, or with people in your support bubble.

The Council is advising vulnerable residents to continue to protect themselves and not take any unnecessary risk. There is a local support line available for those who need help but cannot leave the house. The support team can be reached here: 01274 431000.

Support can be provided through the collection of medication to be left by your front door, help with daily tasks and priory ordering of shopping and other goods.

Certain venues must also remain closed until further notice. Gyms, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor sports courts and facilities and indoor swimming pools will remain closed by law.

Other businesses that have opened in other areas of England on Saturday, August 15 must also remain closed in Bradford. This applies to casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, including soft play areas, exhibition centres and conference halls, indoor performances, close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application, wedding receptions and celebrations for up to 30 people.

The council’s COVID Code urges people to follow social distancing and hygiene rules to help to lower the spread of COVID-19 in the area. More information is available on Bradford Council’s website here: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/media/5945/covid-code.pdf

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “We know these restrictions are challenging for people and businesses in our district. But it is right that the Government has kept them in place as we know we must do all we can to bring infection rates down. I am grateful to all those people across our district are following these restrictions despite the inconvenience they bring, and by doing so are helping us to fight the virus.

“I want to thank all the staff and volunteers from all the agencies involved in the tremendous efforts that are being made to tackle infection rates. A huge amount has been done both in terms of increasing testing and reinforcing the messages that we need to stay safe and protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

“We will continue to work with our partners as hard as we can, but it is really important that everyone plays their part. I urge everyone to make sure they follow all the steps the Government has outlined and which we have in our Covid Code. We all need to help in this effort so that our district doesn’t go into a local lockdown.”

For more advice and information, visit Bradford Council’s coronavirus advice page here: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/health/health-advice-and-support/coronavirus-covid-19-advice/