New Covid-19 restrictions in Bradford and District

Following an outbreak of Covid-19 in Bradford and District, new rules were brought in by the Government on July 31st about meeting people you do not live with.

In order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus here is the list of new restrictions

Meeting others at home

  • You will not be able to mix with other households in private homes or gardens. This means you cannot go to the house of someone else you do not live with. You also cannot go in their garden.
  • People in Bradford District cannot meet in someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.
  • You will still be able to meet indoors with people in your support bubble. People who live alone or single parents with dependent children aged under-18 can continue to visit one other household and stay overnight. They can also visit other public places as if they were one household.

Meeting others outside of home

  • You will not be able to socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.
  • You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with others.
  • If you run such a business, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
  • You can meet people outdoors in groups of six people, in line with the current national guidance. People are expected to socially distance.

The government will pass new laws to enforce the changes to meeting people in private homes and gardens. The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices (starting at £100 – halving to £50 if paid in the first 14 days – and doubling for subsequent offences).


People living inside and outside of this area can continue to travel in and out for work. Workplaces must implement Covid-19 Secure guidance.

Business closures

The following premises must remain closed by law:

  • indoor gyms
  • indoor fitness and dance studios
  • indoor sports courts and facilities
  • indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks


Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can still go ahead. No more than 30 people should attend a marriage or civil partnership, where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue. Further guidance can be found here.


Funerals can still take place. Funerals should be limited to no more than 30 people and subject to COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

Car sharing

You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble. 


Clinically vulnerable people living in Bradford district should continue to shield after 1 August. Bradford Council will continue to provide support with shopping. Anyone who is shielded will have had or be receiving a call in the next week to advise or ring if the problem is immediate.

Read the latest government guidelines on the new local restrictions

Coronavirus (Covid-19): what you need to do

Covid-19 infection rates in Bradford are increasing and we don’t want that to happen as it could result in lockdown.

We need your help now to defeat this virus.

The Council is urging that everyone across the district follows our Covid Code (PDF):

  • Keep your distance: Keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you don’t live with.
  • Face coverings: Always wear a face covering when in a shop, on public transport and when you can’t follow the 2 metre rule
  • Hygiene is key: Wash your hands with soap and warm water often.
  • No handshake, no hugs, hands off: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Think of others: Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Get tested: If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change in your sense of taste or smell.
  • Stay safe: Do not meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble.
  • Do not visit: someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the District.
  • Stay indoors: Isolate at home for 10 days if you have symptoms and 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms.
  • No events: Do not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues.
  • Don't spit: if you are infected, spitting will increase the chance of the virus and other germs spreading.
  • Take care of yourself: GPs, hospitals and other services are #StillHereToHelp

Please see this important update (31 July) for more information.

The latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and announcements are available on the Government’s website.

If you need medical advice then access NHS 111 online at or by dialling 111 on your phone (only if you cannot do so online).

Find out how to isolate your household at:

Please remember that people can still be carriers of the virus and have no symptoms - so we need to go a lot further than simply avoiding people who are unwell.

A range of easy read leaflets and webpages are available on the council's website covering coronavirus, social distancing, shielding and going for a test. For more, visit the Help pages for people with learning difficulties.

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