Be safe and protect each other this Christmas

Local Authorities and organisations within West Yorkshire Prepared, the region’s Local Resilience Forum, have joined forces with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) to appeal to the public to be safe, think about others and continue following the guidance over the festive period.

With an increase in people visiting city centres to do their Christmas shopping, and a rise in passengers on public transport – coupled with increased pressures on health and care services – all five West Yorkshire Local Authorities, together with care services and the Combined Authority, are stressing the importance of considering the consequences of your actions this Christmas and how they might affect the delivery of local services.

With Christmas fast approaching, a lot of people will be looking forward to relaxing, having some time off and perhaps enjoying spending some time with family and friends in their Christmas bubble. However, it is being asked that people please be patient, respectful and mindful of others at this very busy time as demands on local services are much higher than normal.

Local Authorities have also put extra measures in place, such as the introduction of street marshals to offer advice and guidance to people, in addition to one-way systems and widened pathways already established in many city centres.

If visiting a town/city centre, please remember the following:

  • Wear a face covering, where applicable
  • Keep 2 metres distance from others not in your household/support bubble
  • Regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitiser (provided in all shops for customer use)
  • Do not meet with friends or family indoors in any setting – this includes shops – unless they are part of your household/support bubble
  • Where you can, plan your shopping times at quieter times and check shop opening times (many shops are operating longer trading hours)

A great deal of progress has been made over the last few months to bring the Covid-19 rates down in West Yorkshire, and everybody needs to continue playing their part to ensure everyone in the region has a happy festive period and enjoys a healthy start to 2021.

To keep up to date with West Yorkshire Prepared, please visit www.westyorkshireprepraed.org.uk or follow us on Facebook (@WYPrepared) or Twitter (@WYRForum).

For reliable, up to date information on COVID-19, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus or www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.