Let’s all show kindness as national restrictions end

Calderdale people are encouraged to remain cautious, be kind and help each other to stay safe when national COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed from Monday 19 July.

Restrictions are ending but COVID-19 isn’t. Cases are increasing in Calderdale and across the country. The risk of COVID-19 will still be with us from 19 July and for some time.

Step 4 of the national roadmap means the return to many of the things we enjoy, but it doesn’t mark the end of our joint responsibility to take care and be considerate.

As COVID restrictions are lifted, we can keep showing kindness and looking out for each other by continuing to take precautions in certain situations and following the five big things:

  • Give others space
  • Wear a mask in high risk places
  • Get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms
  • Mix outside / let air in
  • Get both doses of the vaccine

This will help to protect vulnerable people and support those who look after us and keep us going by delivering important services, from health and care to public transport and shops.

For details of what Step 4 will mean in England from 19 July, please visit Moving to step 4 of the roadmap – guidance.

The Council will operate within Government guidance but will remain mindful of, and adaptable to, the local situation in Calderdale. Some of the positive changes that have come out of the pandemic will remain, such as the move towards more digital services to increase efficiency, reduce costs and address the climate emergency.

Details of support for clinically extremely vulnerable people can be found on the Council’s website at www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/help/support-vulnerable

As of Monday 19 July, key Council services will operate as follows, with continued protective measures such as mask wearing, social distancing and ventilation in indoor spaces where possible:

  • Schools – The Council will support Calderdale schools to continue with key public health measures such as bubbles, contact tracing and isolating contacts for the final week of term after 19 July, if schools wish to do so.
  • Register Office – Pre-COVID capacities will be reinstated and services such as readings and music will be reintroduced.
  • Bereavement services – All mourners will be seated in the chapel at Park Wood Crematorium, where the maximum number of people will be increased to 56. Attendees will be encouraged to wear face coverings, and measures such as ventilation, hand sanitiser, one-way systems and cleaning between services will remain in place.
  • Household Waste Recycling Centres – All bays will re-open.
  • Sports and leisure services – The number of people who can access sessions at Council-run leisure centres will be gradually and safely increased, and changing rooms, lockers and showers will start to be made available again. Child and adult swimming lessons will be reintroduced. In response to customer feedback, many of the bookable sessions will be maintained and centres will remain cashless. Social distancing will no longer be required in the stands at The Shay Stadium.
  • Libraries – Most library services will return to normal within Government guidelines. All computer access will resume but reduced opening hours will remain in place for the time being. Rastrick Library and Northowram Library have reopened. The reopening arrangements for Akroyd Library are currently being considered. Beechwood Road Library and the new Mixenden Hub will reopen when works are completed. Some community libraries are the subject of requests for community asset transfer and will remain closed while those applications are progressed.
  • Museums – In response to customer feedback, the online booking system will remain at Shibden Hall, but capacity will be increased to allow more visitors. Pre-booking will no longer be required at Bankfield Museum.
  • Victoria Theatre – The Victoria Theatre will return to normal full-scale operations. All performances will resume and take place in auditoria which do not require social distancing. All performances will be bookable online with customers able to select their seats from a full seating plan. Key features introduced in recent months will be retained, such as e-tickets; barriers at points of sale and sanitisation stations will be maintained and social distancing will be encouraged where possible.

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