Coronavirus restrictions: What you can and can't do across our region as new 'rule of six' set to come into force

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As the government enforces a new "rule of six" from Monday, here is a guide on the latest coronavirus restrictions and how they affect areas across our region.

'Rule of six'

From Monday 14 September, gatherings of more than six people will be illegal. These rules apply in any setting either indoors, outdoors, at home or at a pub.

Venues like gyms, places of worship and restaurants that are Covid-secure will be permitted to hold more than six people.

Work and education environments, such as schools and colleges, are not affected by these new rules.


Local restrictions in West Yorkshire

A ban social gatherings in homes and gardens in parts of West Yorkshire remains in place. This includes urban areas of Bradford, Dewsbury and Batley in Kirklees and some parts of Calderdale.

Bradford wards which are still subject to local restrictions:

Bolton and Undercliffe, Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor, City, Clayton and Fairweather Green, Eccleshill, Great Horton, Heaton, Idle and Thackley, Keighley Central, Keighley East, Keighley West, Little Horton, Manningham, Queensbury, Royds, Thornton and Allerton, Toller, Tong, Wibsey, and Wyke

Click here to check your postcode via Bradford Council's website.

Kirklees wards which are still subject to local restrictions:

Batley East, Batley West, Dewsbury East, Dewsbury South, Dewsbury West

Click here to check your postcode via Kirklees Council's website.

Calderdale wards which are still subject to local restrictions:

Illingworth and Mixenden, Northowram and shelf, Ovenden, Park, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge, Town, Warley

Click here to check your postcode via Calderdale Council's website.


What are the government's local restrictions?

  • Must not have visitors from or visit other households in your home or garden (other than those in your support bubble)

  • Must not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues

  • Must not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances

For a full list of local restrictions, visit the government website.


From Tuesday 8 September people living across the Bradford district were given access to more facilities as some lockdown restrictions eased.

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Swimming pools, indoor gyms, dance studios and other indoor sports facilities reopened alongside casinos, skating rinks and indoor play areas.

Beauticians across West Yorkshire are also now permitted to carry out more face treatments.


What's happening in Leeds?

The government has announced the city not be subject to further COVID-19 restrictions and will instead receive enhanced support towards managing the rise in infection rates.

This means that Leeds will move up one stage from being placed on the government watchlist last week as an area of concern, as the seven-day rate now stands 66 per 100,000 people.

Enhanced support status means that Leeds City Council and its partners will work with government on ways to bring down rates of infection, with extra national support and resources.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:

People in Leeds aren’t facing further restrictions this week but this continued rise in rates is still of great concern. I’d like to thank everyone who is taking this very worrying situation seriously, and we must remain vigilant.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council

She added: “We really need everyone to pull together to help us get these rates down and stem the tide. What we all do now will make a direct impact on whether we’re able to bring this terrible virus back under control.

“It will also directly affect decisions as to whether Leeds is considered as an area that may need further restrictions later this month. If levels continue to go up as they are doing this is a real possibility.”