The following FAQs have been put together by Calderdale Council and provide a good overview of the main restrictions and advice following the introduction of local restrictions at the end of July, designed to combat the increased spread of Coronavirus in Calderdale.
Why have new restrictions been put in place?
On 31st July the Government introduced a range of measures in response to an outbreak of COVID-19 in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. It is hoped the restrictions will help control the outbreak and protect residents of Calderdale and surrounding affected areas.
How long will they be in place?
At this stage we don’t know how long these restrictions will be in place. As we learn more we will make further announcements. At this stage it is expected that these measures will be in place for at least 2 weeks.
What are the new restrictions?
The new restrictions are not a return to lockdown. You can still do many of the things you have been doing but it is important to limit the spread of the virus by limiting contact between households. The law has been changed meaning that if you live in Calderdale it is now illegal to:
- Meet with people you don’t live with in a private house or garden (unless they are part of your support bubble)
- Visit someone else’s house or garden even if they live outside affected areas unless you are providing care (see below)
- Socialise with people you don’t live with in indoor public spaces (pubs, restaurants, cafes, places of worship, shops, community centres).
Can I still meet people outside?
Yes, but only in certain settings. Up to 2 households or 6 people from any number of households can meet outdoors in public spaces. You cannot meet with people you don’t live with in private gardens. It is important to maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres when meeting people you don’t live with.
Can people from outside the affected area come and visit me at my house?
No, this would be against the law.
Can I leave the affected area, for example to go on holiday?
Yes, you can travel outside of Calderdale for example for a holiday or to attend a wedding or civil partnership. You should not visit anyone in their private home or garden even if they live outside of Calderdale and other affected
areas. You should only holiday with people from your household or support bubble.
Can I visit Calderdale for a holiday?
Yes, you can still visit Calderdale although you must avoid socialising with people you don’t live with in indoor settings. It is important to socially distance from people you don’t live with by staying at least 2 metres away from them.
Can I go to a place of worship?
Yes. Places of worship will still be open but you should only mix with people you live with. You should not meet people from outside your household there. It is important to socially distance from people you don’t live with by staying at least 2 metres away from them. Face coverings should be worn in places of worship. If possible, religious services should take place outdoors.
Can I go to pubs, cafes and restaurants?
Yes, but only with people you live with. You should not socialise with people you don’t live with. It is important to socially distance from people you don’t live with by staying at least 2 metres away from them.
Can I still go to work?
Yes, you can still go to work if you live or work in affected areas. All workplaces should have procedures in place to ensure employees are kept safe.
Can I visit a care home?
No, we are advising care homes for adults and older people that visiting should be restricted to exceptional circumstances such as end of life care. We appreciate this is a hugely difficult time for care home residents and relatives but our number one priority is keeping residents safe.
What is a support bubble?
A support bubble is where someone living in a household with only one adult (someone who lives alone or with children under 18) forms a support network with another household. If you form a support bubble you can have close contact with people in that bubble as if they were members of your own household. Once you have a support bubble you should not change who is in your bubble. Support bubbles are unaffected by these new changes.
I care for a friend or relative – can I still go to their house?
Yes. If the person you are caring for needs the care you provide then you can go into their house to deliver this. If they live alone you can form a support bubble with them. Remember to make sure you wash your hands regularly and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
I care for a friend or relative – can I move in with them to support them?
There is nothing in the new Government guidance about providing live-in informal care. If the person you are caring for needs the care you provide then it is important they receive this. If they live alone you can form a support bubble with them. Remember to make sure you wash your hands regularly and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
Can I still enter people’s homes if I need to for work?
If your job normally means you need to enter someone’s house then you can continue to do so. You should already have risk assessments in place for these sorts of activities and should continue to ensure you follow the COVID-secure guidance on the Government website.
Can I still send my children to childcare?
Yes, all childcare and educational settings have been working hard to ensure they are operating safely. Children can still go to nurseries and childminders as usual.
Can I visit friends or family to provide childcare?
The new Government guidance states that people should not meet indoors for the purposes of childcare. We appreciate sometimes people will need childcare from friends and family in order to work. If you do use friends and family for childcare please ensure you (as parents or carers) limit contact with other households and do not enter private houses and gardens.
I have been shielding, what should I do?
The shielding guidance will still be lifted from 1st August. People who were shielding are still vulnerable and should take extra care to protect themselves from the virus.
Can sports clubs/teams train and play?
There is nothing in the new Government guidance to suggest that sports clubs and teams should do anything different to what they have already been doing. Therefore sports clubs/teams who have restarted activities following lockdown can continue to do so following their current risk assessments. People from different households should not meet in private houses or gardens or indoor public spaces such as pubs or clubhouses.
Can weddings or civil partnerships still take place in Calderdale?
Yes, weddings can continue with up to 30 people attending where social distancing can be maintained. Guests can travel into affected areas to attend weddings but should not go into a private home or garden. Wedding receptions are not yet permitted anywhere in the country.
Can funerals still take place in Calderdale?
Yes, funerals can continue with up to 30 people attending where social distancing can be maintained. Guests can travel into affected areas to attend funerals but should not go into a private home or garden.
Can I travel in a car with someone I don’t live with?
You should try not to share a vehicle with people you don’t live with. If you need to, you should try to minimise the risk by travelling with the same people each time, only travelling in small groups, opening windows for ventilation, wearing face coverings, and maximising distance between passengers.