In the effort to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, as of Thursday 5th of November the whole of England will be entering new restrictions. Once the new national restrictions have been approved by parliament, they are projected to last until the 2nd of December.The new restrictions are these:
- People need to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Closing certain businesses and venues.
- Preventing non-essential travel including holidays.
The COVID-19 situation is very serious in Calderdale. Infection rates have been increasing quickly since September in all age groups and across all parts of the borough. It is particularly concerning that rates are increasing faster in people aged 60 and over, which is putting pressure on local hospital services. It is estimated that one in 40 people have the virus in Calderdale right now.
It is vital that we all follow the new national restrictions, which will apply from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December. Until Thursday, Calderdale and the rest of West Yorkshire remain in Tier 2 restrictions.
There are always three simple, key things that we all need to do to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities:
- Limit contact with other people as much as possible
- Wear a face covering if we have to go inside where there are other people we don’t live with, e.g. when food shopping
- Stay at home and complete the full isolation period if we have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test result or if we have been in contact with someone that does.
In line with government guidance, the Council is pleased to announce that all of its kerbside collections will be prioritised and household waste recycling centres will safely remain open wherever possible. The library home delivery service will continue, and a library click and collect service will be available from the Central Library, Halifax. Schools and colleges will remain open, as will places of worship but only for private prayer.
For safety reasons and following national restrictions, all the Council’s leisure and sports venues, museums and galleries will unfortunately be closed throughout lockdown. Weddings will not be permitted, and funerals will be able to have up to 30 attendees.
Non-essential shops will close but can continue to operate a click and collect service. Hospitality venues will close but may provide a takeaway service for food. The Council will continue to support businesses through these tougher restrictions. The focus will be on education, engagement and financial support, but in the rare cases where it is necessary, enforcement action may be taken to protect the whole community.
Shielding will not return in the second lockdown, but people who are clinically vulnerable, pregnant or aged over 60 are being asked to take extra care. A small number of residents may receive a letter from the NHS advising they are clinically extremely vulnerable and should follow the advice they are given in that letter. The Council and its partner organisations will continue to help residents who are most at risk, as they have done since the pandemic began.
For more information, please see: GOV.UK – New National Restrictions from 5 November.