The Government has agreed to some changes to local restrictions in some parts of England. From Wednesday 2 September restrictions on 2 households mixing introduced last month will be lifted in:
- parts of Bradford excluding Bradford city and Keighley town
- parts of Calderdale excluding Halifax
- parts of Kirklees excluding Dewsbury and Batley
It means next week over 1 million people will be able to mix with family and friends outside their household, in line with national social distancing rules, for the first time since restrictions were announced on 30 July.
Businesses and organisations that opened elsewhere in England on 15 August, including bowling alleys and indoor play areas, will also be permitted to reopen in the areas listed above, bringing these areas in line with the rest of the country.
The easements have been agreed thanks to the outstanding local efforts to halt spikes in the virus, through local interventions, increased targeted testing and avoiding mixing with other households indoors.
The areas in Calderdale where restrictions are being lifted are:
- Greenland and Stainland
- Hipperholme and Lightcliffe
Full details of the lifting of restrictions in these areas can be found on the Government’s website: