COVID-19 restrictions in Bradford and District from 14th October 2020

The Government announced new rules on 12th October, following a rise in transmission of COVID-19. Bradford District has been identified as a Tier 2 (High alert level) area in the new national three-tiered system.

The three-tiered system

  • Tier 1 (Medium). Minimum level of restrictions which apply across England
  • Tier 2 (High). Applies when COVID-19 transmission has not been contained through local responses
  • Tier 3 (Very High). When there is a significant rise in transmission despite Tier 2 measures.

In order to prevent the further spread of coronavirus, the following Tier 2 (High alert level) restrictions will take place across Bradford and District from 14th October:

  • You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes.
  • Visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings is restricted to one household (unless two households are in a support bubble together) and the whole group must be of no more than six people (unless you are exempt). 
  • You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. However, the group must be of no more than six (unless you are exempt).
  • The limit of six includes children of any age. When meeting friends and family you should follow social distancing rules. Further details can be found in guidance for meeting others safely.
  • You can only play a team sport where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and where sport governing body guidance has been issued.

Travel and holidays

  • Where possible, aim to reduce the number of journeys you make. Walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead to avoid busy times and routes on public transport if you can.
  • You must wear a face covering on public transport and enclosed areas of transport hubs and always observe social contact rules
  • Try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble, but if you need to do this, share with the same people each time, keep to small groups of up to 6 people and open windows for ventilation.
  • You can still travel to hotels and other guest accommodation, or go on holiday, but only do this with people in your household or support bubble.


  • Workplaces should be set up to meet the COVID-secure guidelines.
  • Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.
  • Office workers: where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges that an employee can carry out normal duties from home, they should do so.
  • Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work.

Schools, colleges and universities

  • Children should continue to attend school, in order to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians.
  • University and college students must not move between their permanent homes and their term-time addresses during term-time (unless they are commuter students who live at the family home and travel to/from university each day), subject to limited exemptions.
  • Students living at their university term-time address in Bradford and District must follow the same guidance on meeting other people and travel as others in our area.

Businesses and venues

  • All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
  • Find full guidance on which businesses and venues are permitted to stay open in Bradford and District here.

Weddings and funerals

  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people. Ceremonies and receptions must only take place in COVID-secure venues or public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.
  • Wedding receptions must not take place in private dwellings and should provide sit-down meals to ensure people can keep their distance. Funeral or wake food and drink should also be in the form of a sit-down meal.
  • Funerals must take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces with up to 30 people in attendance. Wakes or linked ceremonial events (such as stone-settings) before or after the funeral are limited to 15 people and must not take place in private homes. 

Read the latest Government guidelines on local Tier 2 restrictions


  • To take care of yourself. GPs, hospitals and other services are #StillHereToHelp
  • If you need medical advice please access NHS 111 online at: or, if you are not online, phone: 111.
  • The latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and announcements are available on the Government’s website.
  • Find out how to isolate your household, if you need to, at:
  • A range of easy read leaflets and webpages are available from Bradford council's website, covering coronavirus, social distancing and going for a test. For more, visit the Help pages for people with learning difficulties.

Those who are more at risk or clinically vulnerable

If you are more at risk, or clinically vulnerable, you:

  • can go outside as much as you like but still try to keep your social interactions low
  • can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, whilst keeping two metres away from others wherever possible
  • should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home or workspace.

Who is more at risk or clinically vulnerable?

You are clinically vulnerable, that is at higher risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, if you are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • a pregnant woman
  • aged under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease or chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
    • a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines you are taking (such as steroid tablets)
    • diabetes or being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above).

Additional advice for those clinically extremely vulnerable

For those who are defined, on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific, serious health conditions – there is additional advice here.

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